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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  • We visited the Lincoln Memorial on the last night we had in DC. It was quite a ways from the other attractions we had visited during the week and we were exhausted so we took an Uber which let us out ...  more »
  • A Spectacular memorial site, fantastic views and a great site to visit on a sight seeing trip in Washington, there's so many other sights nearby to visit too.  more »
  • Very crowded but you can’t go to DC without paying homage to Lincoln and the Vietnam and WWII memorials. Beautiful photo op spot at top of Lincoln steps with pool and Washington monument.  more »
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  • wonderful piece of our American history, and culture. Parking within reasonable walking distance can prove to be very difficult during the day. We finally found parking after sunset which worked out well. the memorial was well lit and nice to look at. turn 180 degrees and you get a great view of the Washington Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial is within easy walking distance of several famous memorials including the Vietnam war Memorial. don't visit Washington as a tourist without making time to see this awesome place.
  • Such an amazing monument. I highly reccomend going at night. All the monuments are lit beautifully and during the summer it's a great way to avoid the heat. We rented the bikes and rode around until midnight one night and it was the highlight of our trip!
  • Incredible monument and experience. It gets crowded with bus loads of tourists coming up but if you time it right you can get pictures or a nice view just by hanging around until the groups go back to the buses. It is all stone so slippery when wet so bring a good pair of shoes and a camera, you will want pictures here. You stand on the same step where Martin Luther King delivered his famous speech and look out over the pond towards the Washington Monument. Very cool piece of our countries history to one of our greatest Presidents. When I was there in November there were millions of lady bugs all over the marble pillars it was a cool sight.
  • Probably on of the most famous monuments in the USA to one of the countries greatest Presidents. The views across the City from the pediment are stunning and give good context to the various locations. The whole design, from the statue of Abraham Lincoln, the surrounding structure and its setting is inspiring. The inclusion of the Gettysburg Address on the internal wall is most appropriate. There is a small information centre built into the pediment, which includes a gift shop and a public restroom.2
  • The whole place was beautiful, the reflection pool and the Lincoln memorial itself was really amazing. You can go inside and can have a throwback in the past. With all those stone inscriptions on the wall. It was a bit crowded since we went during the cherry blossom festival but still it's an amazing experience.
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