- Type: Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
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Although the Lincoln Memorial is just one of the District's many monuments, the larger-than-life Honest Abe is also among travelers' favorites. History buffs might enjoy the man of few words' (albeit powerful words) two famous speeches, the second inaugural address and the Gettysburg Address, which are all etched into the memorial's opposing walls. Meanwhile, art history and architecture aficionados will enjoy admiring the building's striking design by Henry Bacon, complete with 36 Doric columns that signify the states in the Union at the time Lincoln passed away.
Though most agree the Lincoln Memorial is a worthwhile visit by day or night, many recent travelers say the most captivating time to visit is after dark. One TripAdvisor user describes the memorial as "moving, powerful, reverent, and gorgeous." According to another TripAdvisor reviewer: "It doesn't matter how many times you have seen it in pictures and movies […]. One can't visit D.C. and not see Abe."
The Lincoln Memorial is free and can be viewed 24 hours a day, but keep in mind that the site is only staffed by national park rangers from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. You'll find the memorial situated at the eastern end of the National Mall. For further details, consult the National Park Service's official Lincoln Memorial page.