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Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC

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A neoclassical building designed by architect John Russell Pope, Jefferson Memorial features a 6 m (19 ft) bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson and well-known excerpts from his writings. Designed with Jefferson's private library in mind and completed in 1943, the memorial contains circular marble steps, a colonnade of Ionic columns, a shallow dome, and a portico. In addition to the famous bronze likeness of Jefferson, the memorial also contains a sculptural group depicting the founding father with other historical figures, including Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman. The memorial is especially photogenic when the surrounding cherry trees blossom in a profusion of gentle pink. Our Washington DC trip itinerary maker makes visiting Jefferson Memorial and other Washington DC attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Very grand classic architecture located in a beautiful part of the District, along the river and in the middle of big parks. Bold.  more »
  • Another free memorials of the National Mall. The Interior of the building is an impressive figure of Tomas Jefferson standing upright in the middle of the living room
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  • The landscape to its around and inside different thoughts of Jefferson with whom you can reflect and think as the world in his time. A little distant from the rest of monuments but both the departure and the return is a ride that you won't forget.
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  • Well maintained memorial for an early president. My issues with Jefferson aside, his essence was struggling for equality, albeit only for White Americans. Today we have managed to make strides towards true equality for everyone. Jefferson's words as displayed, finally hold true. Docked a star for failure of Parks services to ensure appropriate conduct of visitors.
  • This monument is absolutely beautiful inside, outside, and in the entire surrounding areas. A perfect place to rest or hang out. It is out of the way from the other mall monuments so if you are walking and trying to look at a bunch of stuff on vacation in a short time, this one might be hard to fit in. But, if you have the time or are riding bikes I recommend fitting it in. The ultimate trip is a kayak trip through the waterfront between the monuments and get the best views avoiding the crowds.
  • My favorite monument! So historic and well preserved. One of the few places where silence and reverence are respected on the Mall.
  • This is my favorite memorial. Simple yet profound. His words resonate "These liberties are a gift from God". The view of the basin is simply breathtaking.
  • One of the best memorials. It's not just the structure, but also the entire setting. So, be sure to walk around and see the building from different vantage points.

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Most visitors to Washington, D.C., end up in the East End, the old downtown district containing most of the city's major cultural attractions. For a more authentic Washingtonian experience, consider staying at a smaller hotel just a little north or east of this busy area. Neighborhoods outside downtown offer less expensive accommodations and affordable street parking, as well as opportunities to meet more locals and fewer tourists. Alternatively, try a hotel in Georgetown, packed with high-end shops and Colonial architecture.
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