Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC

Parts of an iconic image of the capital city, Lincoln Memorial have been the site of some defining moments in American history. Overlooked by a marble Abraham Lincoln, the pool complements the monument's classic architecture, noted for its 36 fluted Doric columns. Martin Luther King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech here, and the site has since hosted dozens of other social and political events. The monument is open to the public 24 hours a day, so consider stopping by at different times to fully appreciate the building's architecture, the views across the 600 m (2,000 ft) long reflecting pool, and Lincoln's stony gaze. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Washington DC holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Lincoln Memorial and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Lots of monuments in DC, but the Lincoln Memorial is probably one of the most moving. It's hard to visualize just how much space the entire grounds occupies.  more »
  • The memorial seems huge and towering when you're at the bottom of the steps and the steps seem huge as you walk up them; when I visited in 2012 I tried to race up the steps but tripped halfway up...  more »
  • It is impressive and it is the most visited site. It is an iconic monument, which is worth a view. We really had fantastic photos on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It was my second visit but...  more »
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  • How can you review a place like the Lincoln Memorial? Over the past several years, my wife and I have been on a mission. The purpose? To visit all 50 states with our children. We only have one left. The District of Columbia is on the list as a must visit. There are so many monuments and statues, and museums. Where do you begin? The Lincoln Memorial is historic and beautiful and inspiring. We've visited Gettysburg, so my kids have a grasp of the history. Seeing this monument to a great man is awe inspiring. If you have the chance, you must visit. It's that simple.
  • One of my absolute favorite places to visit in Washington DC. If you haven’t gone it’s a must see. The view of the lawn all the way to the Capitol is absolutely breathtaking. It’s a beautiful place to sit and think. The reflecting pools are unreal too. It’s amazing to think about how many times this great area has been full of people fighting for what they believe in. So much energy, power and beauty. If your in our nations capitol be sure to take the time to go see Lincoln.
  • 2020 February A must-see.. it's just an iconic structure in American history that symbolizes so much! Its free. Walkable from the monument but a little far. It's pretty at night too.. If this review helped you in anyway, please give it a thumbs up!
  • Lincoln. An American icon and one of the greatest presidents. The monument only solidifies his stature as a great man who brought the country back together. The sheer size of the monument is breathtaking and while very busy with people it was still enjoyable to take in his two most famous speeches and the view from the front steps. Don't forget to stand on the place Dr King gave his own speech "I have a dream" and look out to the reflecting pool. A monument to history that continues to take part in history is Stark reminder of how far our country has come and how far it still has to go.
  • President Lincoln's monument is much larger in person when you visit. My brother and I took time to sit on the stairs and reflect on life which is exactly what the reflections pool is meant for. Iconic time in history represented here and would highly recommend taking time to enjoy what this symbol has given us as American history grows. PS - One day my brother and I plan to come back and play chess or checkers on the stairs all afternoon to enjoy the simplicity and good nature this symbolic structure brings.

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