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Top sights in Washington, DC
Opposite the White House on the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial is one of Washington, D.C.'s most treasured landmarks – despite the stiff competition! How did it become an icon of the "American Way?" Here are a few reasons plucked from the history books!
Though not built until 1922, a memorial had been planned since Lincoln's death in 1867. The original's cavalcade of colossal statues was finally deemed overambitious and scrapped!
Henry Bacon, the architect, used Colorado marble for the exterior, Indiana limestone for the inner walls, Alabama marble for the ceiling, and pink Tennessee marble for the floor!
Many considered the Greek-doric monument too grandiose for a man as humble as Lincoln. The suggested alternative was a simple log-cabin shrine!
More than 75,000 witnessed African-American contralto Marian Anderson perform at the memorial after being refused permission to sing at the nearby DAR Constitution Hall.
Undaunted by the memorial's engravings of Lincoln's seminal speeches, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" to a crowd of 250,000 after the March on Washington.
The Lincoln Memorial is open to visit 24 hours a day, however, Rangers are on duty to answer questions and give talks from 9:30AM till 11:30PM.
The nearest Metro station is Foggy Bottom on the Orange and Blue lines. If you're hiring a car then exit at intersection Independence Ave. SW & Daniel Chester French Dr. SW. Parking is available at Ohio Drive. (Handicapped parking can be found directly across from the memorial at Daniel Chester French Drive SW.)
- When should I visit?
- Open 24 hours
- Is it expensive?
- Will I need a guide?
- Not necessary, but recommended!
- How to get there
- Take the Metro to Foggy Bottom
- Additional information
- To avoid crowds, visit the Memorial after dark. It is quite majestic all lit up!
What people are saying about Lincoln Memorial
What a fantastic way to see the city! Had company in from out of town, one of which has issues walking long distances! This was perfect. Because traffic was light and it was so easy to get around, we were able to hop off and have 20 minutes around Lincoln and the reflection pool area and about 10-15 at MLK. Well worth the price if you’re trying to maximize what you can see on a quick trip!
Sooner Steve was our driver/guide he did a phenomenal job. He was knowledgeable and his passion for the history of DC was expressed through his narrative. I was on the trip with my mother and my two kids 3 and 8. He kept everyone interested. He also went out of his way to help us. I would definitely do the tour again when in DC.
It has an announcement and tells you where you at ( landmark) history about the area and landmarks. They give individual earphones to listen better.I also like the get off and get back on at any of their bus stops , so that was great and.at easy. Mr. James J. Was an excellent tour bus driver .
The guide was wonderful. He was a complete book of knowledge! The ONLY down size was the lack of lighting along the monument pathways.
the experience was the best thing me and my daughter did while here in DC. Montie our guide was the best.