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“The very best - do not miss this” 5 of 5 stars
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Off West Basin Drive, Washington DC, DC 20242
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Ranked #5 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
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Owner description: This outdoor memorial is the most popular of presidential memorials, in large part because of its elegant design, which includes waterfalls and sculptures.
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Silverado, California
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“The very best - do not miss this”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2010

So your feet are falling off, but you want to see the FDR Memorial. Construction of the parking lot at the Jefferson memorial means the tour bus won't stop there (and most don't stop at FDR); It's a bit of a walk from Lincoln, and the in-construction MLK memorial results in a long detour to get to there on foot from the WWI memorial. You're wondering if it's worth it. It is definitely worth it.

This is by far my favorite monument. I spent two hours here in peaceful serenity. From granite walls and waterfalls, statues and quotes, you won't be bored or sorry you came. Be sure to start at the correct side as it begins in FDR's first term, and each section is devoted to a term. Most of the quotes are still quite meaningful today. The pools and waterfalls signify various events/periods during those years, such as WWII and the Great Depression and Roosevelt's death. Take your time -- even go out to the tidal basin nearby under a cherry tree and sit on a bench overlooking the water.

So put on your good walking shoes and see the FDR memorial twice -- yes twice! Once during the day and once at night. The waterfalls are magnificent at night.

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“A retrospective in statues and water”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2010

Let's not kid ourselves -- the FDR Memorial is out of the way and, unless you travel there on a tour bus, you are likely to wonder whether or not the Memorial is worth the time and huffing required to get all the way to the other side of the Tidal Basin. Wonder no more--this is one of the city's greatest memorials. Beginning on the West side, the Memorial guides the visitor through a retrospective of Roosevelt's years in the White House as told through statue and running water. To walk through the path is to gain an appreciation of the man and the times. The waterfalls and other fountains both serve to calm visitors and to remind them of the ephemeralities all around them.

During the spring Cherry Blossom Festival, the FDR Memorial can truly take on a magical quality for those who are wandering through the blooming trees. Also, the Japanese Pagoda, given by the Japanese in 1906 along with the cherry trees and symbolizing the friendship between the US and Japan is on the bank of the Tidal Basin behind the FDR Memorial.

The FDR and Jefferson Memorials' locations make them among the lesser visited, but they are arguably amongst the most incredible sites in Washington DC. Do not miss this place.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2009

We stumbled upon this memorial, after going around the Jefferson memorial. Its quite long, with lots of large blocks of stone. Waterfalls, and green statues. Its almost like they wanted to hide the memorial. Thats the feeling I had. I guess its a connector memorial between the Jefferson and Lincoln. Makes you feel good to know the money the gov steals from your paycheck goes to a good cause.

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“So Peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2009

This memorial is the most pleasing of them all. The water features make is so relaxing and placid. Worth checking out!

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“The FDR Memorial is a must see....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2009

I visited Washington DC this past weekend. It was my first trip back in many a year and I was eager to see the new memorials that have benn added esp. the WWII and the FDR. I was so overwhelmed by the FDR Memorial for in its simple arrangement lies the strength of the man. I felt like it was a travelog taking me through the most dramatic times in American History. Between the Depression and the WW II it was amazing. The water running over the blocks added to the energy of the site. The water created the symbolic avenue for all facets of FDR's presidency from the TVA to his untimely passing near the end of WW II. The flowing water created its own facet and effect with the memorial.

The memorial left me wanting to know more about the man so I began reading up on FDR. Make sure you see this and plan a few minutes just to sit and reflect on the man and his relationship to the nation which is still felt some 60 years later.

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