See all the main sights of Washington DC with your ticket for a hop-on hop-off open top sightseeing tour. Hop off to explore the capital's famous…
Visit the political center of the world on this day trip from New York to the Capital City of Washington, D.C. See the White House, the Mall, and…
Experience a whole different side of Washington, D.C. during this Monuments by Night Tour. Climb into an all-electric red Roadsters and tour the…
Ride to some of the best memorials of the National Mall and experience Washington DC from a different perspective on a 3.5-hour Segway tour. Get…
Enjoy a narrated cruise along the Potomac River to George and Martha Washington's estate, Mount Vernon. The only round-trip cruise to Mount Vernon…
This sightseeing tour of Washington D.C. takes you to the important sites, such as the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the National Cathedral,…
Climb aboard a eco-friendly vehicle to explore Washington DC on a 2-hour sightseeing tour with a local guide. Pass famous monuments, admire the…
Experience the sights of Washington D.C. by night! The Monuments by Moonlight Tour will take you on a guided trolley tour of the city's most popular…
See all of the top sights in Washington DC from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus on a 3-hour tour. Drive past the powerhouse monuments, while a…
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
Was going to use Circulator, but found out BigBus stopped outside our hotel. It was so hot (90 degrees) so we opted for tickets. We were well pleased with the pick up punctuality compared to our experience in Philly. We used the tracking app and it was pretty accurate. Stop info was enough to give us an idea of what each attraction offered. Particularly we enjoyed the live tour guide (can't remember her name) but she was super knowledgeable and had many close ties to the area. My 14 year old grandson was so impressed with her knowledge he was thinking he would like to be a guide. He loves history and geography.
Dewayne was a very knowledgeable tour guide. He knew details about things that weren't on our tour and made our experience both fun and very informative. Kris was a great driver and very pleasant. The day of our tour, at 12:30 pm the heat index was 106 degrees, but there was plenty of bottled water available to keep us hydrated and the bus was always nice and cool. I don't think I could have asked for a better tour for my daughter's and my first Washington D.C. trip. Will definitely us this tour service for our next trip to D.C.
Thought this trip may be crammed, but opposite was true, plenty time to see the various highlights the coach visits. The driver was safe and smooth, the onboard guide was informative and friendly. If you’re in New York and have a day to spare, do it! It was one of the highlights of our holiday!
My grandchildren and I enjoyed the additional information provided as we approached each stop. The driver was very knowledgeable and personable. Not having to wait for the next “Tour Bus” was a big plus. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
They were very professional and helpful being that we were all first time using a Segway. Paying attention that everyone was around when crossing the street especially when needing to deal with heavy traffic! Will definitely do it again!