Lincoln Memorial

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Lincoln Memorial
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Key Info

2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

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Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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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 (albeit powerful) words' two famous speeches, the second inaugural address and the Gettysburg Address, which are both 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 38 Doric columns, 36 of which signify the states in the Union at the time Lincoln passed away.

Though most agree the Lincoln Memorial is worth checking out during the day or at night, many recent travelers say the most captivating time to visit is after dark when the attraction is lit and less crowded. Plus, evening temps will make peak summer visits more comfortable.

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 Parks Service rangers from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. You'll find the memorial situated at the western end of the National Mall, which can be reached by walking from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station or taking the DC Circulator's National Mall bus. For further details, consult the National Park Service's official Lincoln Memorial page.

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