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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  • There is so much to do and see in D.C. but please take the time to visit the Lincoln Memorial. Really incredible!  more »
  • Visited with my kids, simply amazing. A must see for anyone. It was busy when we arrived, would be an ideal late night place to see when crowds died down.  more »
  • Great to see, beautiful reflection on the pool. Busy but we were still able to get some great photos. Lovely views toward the Washington Monument  more »
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  • Be careful on the steps! I was there in the late morning so the sun was shining directly on the steps side of the memorial. It was quite warm under there. Very neat to see though. The bathrooms (to the left of the steps) are stuffy due to no way to air them out well. The view from the Lincoln Memorial is awesome. I really enjoyed being there. :)
  • Just ... awesome! What could be more iconic? For kicks, start from the reflecting pool and count the steps as you climb all the way up to the main chamber of Lincoln Memorial. The number of steps is significant. This was was not part of the original memorial design, but added as a neat extra feature as the National Mall was being renovated.
  • We loved the place and statue. We admire Lincoln principles and leadership. The view from the top of steps is breathe taking. Reflection pool, Washington monument, capital hill and national mall. Amazing. We spent couple of hours and we still want to spend more.
  • Lincoln Memorial is one of my favourite place for engagement sessions. It is really extraordinary and beautiful place. Fantastic architecture and peaceful nature is just perfect for taking beautiful pictures! Highly recommend this place not only for shooting, it is amazing place just to visit.
  • Such a great place and must visit sites in D.C. Felt a great sense of reverence, even with all the visitors. I heard a tour guide say it is the most visited memorial in D.C. and can see why. Highly recommended.

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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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