Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington DC

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial serves as a tribute to the American clergyman, activist, and leader of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. The centerpiece of the memorial is inspired by a quote from King’s seminal "I Have a Dream" speech: "Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope." Visitors pass through two large pieces of granite symbolizing the "mountain of despair" to be greeted by a 9.1 m (30 ft) "stone of hope," in which King’s likeness and words are carved. The inscription wall contains 14 quotes from some of King’s speeches, writings, and sermons. Site tours are available throughout the day. Parking is very limited near the memorial. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and many more Washington DC attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Washington DC tour planner.
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  • I love the carving of Dr. King coming out of the stone, but I expected more statues or something for such a wonderful man.  more »
  • Located near the Tidal Basin so that MLK looks out over Washington, the Memorial opened to the pubic in 2011 after more than 20 years of planning, fund raising and construction. Dr. King is only the f...  more »
  • Beautiful recognition, overlooking the Lake, this memorial is located. Visit to make it day or night.
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  • Excellent place. The only person who got the memorial park not served in government. Imagine the impact he made to people and history. Hats off.
  • This is a gorgeous monument to one of our country's most enduring voices for freedom. The statues are on a grand scale, and the view of the Tidal Basin and the other monuments are outstanding. Between this and the Roosevelt Memorial Park, the southern end of the Tidal Basin is the new must-visit location in the area.
  • The statue is near the place where he delivered " I have a dream" speech. It is no wonder that many tourists of diverse ethnic immigrant groups gathered around this statue.
  • It was great seeing this statue. The statue is very profound and apparent; very well finished. It wasn't that crowded during the time my girlfriend and I went
  • As with many of the monuments, large impressive clear. I'm that the essence is well captured.

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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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