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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  • Is a huge construction, imposing and beautiful, translating the great pride of Americans. The ride is fast, but I recommend.
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  • Wonderful to read about this amazing man. Great place to visit! Good views from the memorial to the Capital and National Mall.  more »
  • Awesome and the view towards the obelisk and the Capitol, without a doubt the best. You can get foot doing the entire tour from the Capitol
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  • This place was amazing. It was crafted very well, with the single beautiful color of white. The statue of Lincoln sitting on a chair inside was gorgeous, and on each side was either the Gettysburg address or Lincoln’s second inauguration speech. When looking outside from the Memorial, one could see the Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool. If you looked hard enough, you could even see the Capitol. This place deserves 5 stars!
  • It was amazing! A lot bigger than I had imagined and definitely a lot busier than I imagined. We went just before sunset and it was a beautiful view from the stairs looking toward the Washington monument. If you catch a taxi from near by make sure their meter is working. We assumed ours was and then when we arrived at our hotel there was an issue over the amount.
  • A fantastic place to enjoy the architecture and history of Washington. I spent only 10-15 minutes here and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and the fantastic photos that came of it. It is definitely worth taking a photo looking back at the reflecting pool. Just something to keep in mind in winter the area surrounding the memorial may ice over or become quite slippery. At the time of my visit it had snowed the previous day and had turned into very watery and slippery surface.
  • The momument is so well placed, from above you can see the reflecting pool with the Washington Monument reflecting in the water and a little further is the Capital, just awesome. The statue of President Abraham Lincoln seating inside of this Greek style building is amazing. Go during the day and come back at night when the lights are on. Was this helpful? Any questions?
  • Kiwi view: smaller than I thought. But good as monuments go. It's when you read the speeches on the walls on either side of him that you understand the significance more. I enjoyed reading them out loud to my kids. Can be crowded

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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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