Lincoln Memorial

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5 historical facts about the Lincoln Memorial

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!

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    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.

  • How to get there?

    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.)

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open 24 hours
  • Is it expensive?
    Free!
  • 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!

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What people are saying about Lincoln Memorial

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,305 reviews

El guia y la conductora geniales. La atencion excelente. Si tuviera que mejorar algo alargaria la salida de Washington para tener mas tiempo libre (Se deja 1 hora y poco, saliendo 15 30)

Ellen was a phenomenal host. Very knowledge and efficient! I can't believe how much we got in a two hour tour. You tell she truly enjoys her job and loves this city!

So many stops with a ton of interesting facts and behind the scenes information about DC!

We had a great time, enough time to see everything in a day. Recommend

Dustin was knowledgeable and we liked the small group aspect.