Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC

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Must see · Monument · Tourist Spot
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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  • The memorial is a great place to visit - so much history. A lot of stairs to climb, but the view from the top is great. A definite must see when in DC  more »
  • best walk ever. Tour lady was fenomenal. And the weather was perfect. I do recommend this tour to everyone who love history.  more »
  • 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.

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