Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC

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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. Put Lincoln Memorial at the forefront of your travel plans using our Washington DC tourist route planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    This is my favorite memorial. It takes a while to read everything, but it is well worth it. Humbling.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    A must see in DC. Just a lot of people around and no workers so it is hard to get a solo photo. Definitely worth the walk up the steps though.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    I have seen the Memorial both during the day and at night. Both views are spectacular. It is hard to describe, but there is something about the energy of the place that is hard to experience elsewhere...  more »
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  • June 21, 2017
    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. :)
  • July 1, 2017
    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.
  • July 5, 2017
    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.
  • June 24, 2017
    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.
  • June 17, 2017
    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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