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!

What people are saying about Lincoln Memorial

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,057 reviews

Our guide was very knowledgeable and attentive to our group during the walking tour. The bus was clean and the driver was professional. The water was a nice addition. Highly recommend!

Our guide Tyrone was awesome and very knowledgeable, driver Chris kept us in schedule. Wonderful excursion for first time visitors even under COVID restrictions.

Very relaxed feel while professionally presented. Tour did not feel rushed and ample time was given for each stop. Would def use this service again!

Absolutely worth it!!!! We took the night tour and the tour guide Steve was AWESOME! Would do it again just because of the tour guide !

Identified some of the best sites to spend more time at. Also, found sites to see that we weren't aware of prior to the tour.