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Jefferson Memorial

Address: South of the Washington Monument on Ohio Dr., At the south shore of the Tidal Basin, Washington DC, DC 20242
Phone Number: 202-426-6841
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Type: Monuments & statues, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: A 19-foot bronze statue of perhaps the most esteemed founding father...
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Type: Monuments & statues, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: A 19-foot bronze statue of perhaps the most esteemed founding father sits beneath a columned rotunda in the style of the Roman Pantheon.
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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Although the ground was snowy, punctuated by ice, it was worth the walk to see this memorial to our third president. The bronze statue of Jefferson is impressive. The walls contain some of his writings; even more poignant today. The memorial does need some repair and cleaning.

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Chicago, Illinois
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This is such a beautiful and tranquil place to visit. The memorial overlooks the Tidal Basin and you can just sit there and watch the sunset -it's so serene here. The memorial is a bit of a walk but really worth it. I highly recommend going to this if you're walking around the Tidal Basin. Be sure to take a... More 

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Houston
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This memorial is out further than the others at the Mall. You have to take a bike or car. We took an Uber on a cold afternoon. The memorial is very nice and has some of Jefferson's quotes engraved. The view of the DC is beautiful.

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Greenfield, MA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This memorial is beautiful to look at from afar and just a wonderful viewpoint from which to look over the Tidal Basin. Thomas Jefferson was a very quotable individual so that reading him here always give me pause. This time, we discovered the downstairs we had been unaware of. This is a treasure of its own with lovely paintings, various... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

As you walk around the Tidal Basin encircled with Japanese Cherry Blossom trees, the Monument sits alone and beckons for you to come closer. The structure is very large, amazingly white and welcomes you inside with wide eyes. You will find many trying to take pictures of the Thomas Jefferson statue within the dome, but you will soon get your... More 

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Holbrook, New York
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Accordingly, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered a row of trees cut so he could see the Jefferson Memorial from the White House. I can see why and would recommend this monument to visitors.

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DC
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

On the banks of the Potomac and the Tidal Basin it is ideally situated and great for photography and just contemplating. Particularly beautiful during cherry blossom time.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Jefferson was such a unique figure. His memorial is no different. Looking over the Potomac to the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument is just breath taking.

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Georgetown, Guyana
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106 reviews 106 reviews
46 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

One of those places that you've seen in pictures and movies and it just surpasses all expectations. A bit of a walk to get to, but it's truly beautiful. The view to it from across the basin and the view from it is just as special. The words in side are moving as well. He's one of the founding father's... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

After many years of living in the DC area and this is still my second favorite memorial. It's location around the lake with Cherry Blossom tress lining the path around the lake, and the great view from inside the memorial, makes this a must see. WW2 Memorial my favorite though.

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