Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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The Greek Doric-style memorial sits on the western end of the National Mall and has been the setting of many famous speeches throughout its history.
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  • Bill2025
    Surrey, Canada326 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Place
    The Lincoln Memorial is a must see if you’re in DC. There are lots of stairs before you reach the top, but it’s worth the walk up. The statue of President Lincoln is amazing. I highly recommend this place.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Jessica K
    Tarpon Springs, Florida453 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lincoln
    By far one of the grandest monuments in DC. Situated on one end of the mall, it can be easily accessed day or night. There is a small “museum” inside, restrooms and drinking fountain. Always crowded with people, yet big enough to get a good picture. It needed a good cleaning when we were there, and it appeared that some outside work was being done on one side of the stairs.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Fleckney
    Fleckney, United Kingdom436 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the long walk
    We walked from the Washington Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial and found that this was the best way to see everything along the way. The memorial is free to visit and very interesting to look round. The circular bus stops right outside and is very useful for a tour of the area
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Gibson and Pearl
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lincoln Memorial Day or Night
    We visited the monument in both the daytime and nighttime. Pictures at night turn out very well because of the lighting. Yes, there was a mass of people there both times. Personally, I wish all visitors would be more respectful of all the monuments! I am always amazed at the logistics used to build these monuments. Anyone have a "sliderule"? Remember while visiting any of the historical sights in the summer it will most probably be very warm. We had water with us at all times. There are lots and lots of food trucks and other venders at the locations.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • AlexanderD
    Jackson, New Jersey5,612 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Momentous Spot
    This is a must-see if you only have one shot at Washington or you live far away and know it’s not going to be easy to visit again. That almost goes without saying. Expect crowds unless you are there early in the morning. Also, take a moment to contemplate not just the man Lincoln but ponder also the events atop those stairs. Ponder Marian Anderson singing on those steps in 1939 or MLK giving his 1963 “I Have a Dream” there (which really goes well with the nearby MLK Memorial).
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Sarah Merly
    Purcellville, Virginia150 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ever speechless—in the best way:)
    What more can I add? The Lincoln Memorial is truly majestic, always inspiring my heart to care for all my fellow citizens of America. You could live in D.C. all your life and never tire of this wonderful testament to our 16th U.S. President.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 10, 2023
  • phvi2617
    Anaheim, California565 contributions
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    Great monument to a great man
    The Lincoln Memorial is an iconic and majestic monument. The words of Lincoln's Gettysburg and second inaugural addresses, carved into the walls, take on special meaning in this inspirational place. It does get busy, but it wasn't terribly crowded. Be sure to also visit the spot where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream Speech."
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Sharon G
    Nampa, Idaho264 contributions
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    Worth seeing and walking up the steps
    Lots of steps going to the Memorial; however, it is well worth your time and effort. The view is amazing and the Memorial itself is quite powerful as a remembrance of a great man who did his best for his country. (IMO) Well worth seeing as part of our history as a country.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Eyekaytoo
    Leverkusen, Germany3,001 contributions
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    Another great monument ticked off my bucket list
    Being in Washington DC we just had to take a walk over to this iconic monument to contemplate the large statue of Abraham Lincoln in his seat. I've seen this in so many movies so it was a delight to see it "in the flesh", or should I say marble. On the day we visited there were many tourists, particularly young groups of school children and students. So it was a bit noisy, but still a pleasure to see. By the way, having lived in Athens, Greece, the whole building does have very much a Parthenon feel to it. But not quite so old... My son & I didn't linger her that long but we did stand on the steps looking down on to the reflecting pond and further towards the iconic Washington Monument. Again the view has been immortalized in so many Hollywood movies. Interestingly with that view standing in the middle of the steps and looking eastwards (I think), the Washington Monument totally obscures Capitol Hill in the mid distance. Intriguing.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Tammy W
    Kerrville, Texas121 contributions
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    Lincoln Memorial is a must
    It was amazing to see this in person. The enormous size is NOT portrayed in any photos. Gorgeous building with beautiful views. It was very hot when we were there and we had already walked an enormous amount so we took the elevator up and the stairs down. The elevator is at the base of the memorial on the left by the restrooms. The gift shop is VERY small and not air conditioned but had a few really neat items.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
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Pia S
katy196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
If you are in Washington D.C you really should go see this memorial. Its amazing.Have seen it on TV many times and was not disappointed at all. We were there in February so the crowd was small so it was easy to see the statue, in summer I would go early. Then turn around and take a look over the reflecting pool to the Washington monument that's a great view. When you look at it there are a lot of stairs but there is an elevator if you have problems with stairs.
Written March 2, 2020
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Brianabulls
Miami, FL371 contributions
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Nov 2019 • Family
I loved the Lincoln Memorial and all the stories that go a long with it. I was on an African American History tour, so we heard stories from the architecture of the building, the meaning behind the words around the inside of the memorial, to the significance behind delivering the momentous I Have A Dream Speech at such an important location. I would’ve loved to see this monument at night which they say is a beautiful sight.
Written April 1, 2020
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Leonardo Martins
Sao Paulo, SP197 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Family
The history behind Lincoln Memorial is inspiring, the father of the American union receives his recognition in an awe-inspiring moment in the heart of DC. The Lincoln sculpture is perfect and really realistic. When I was there it was raining and dark but no lights were on what was difficult for us to read the inscriptions on the wall.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I have a dream” speech monument, in the center of the stairs is really nice and represents the struggle of millions.
Written January 5, 2020
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RAK1973
Cairo, Egypt52 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Family
A must see if you are visiting DC. It is a very important part of American History.

If you are at the Memorial and look East you will have a view of washington Memorial and the reflective lake.

This is also where MLK gave his historic speach "I Have a Dream"

A must visit by night too
Many movies have shown this place like Firest Gump.
Written February 20, 2020
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ESKK4
West Bend, WI206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We tried to take our kids here last time we visited the area, but due to illness, we weren't able to see this monument. We are so glad we tried again and was able to see it this time. We loved this monument. The size is unreal and the work that went into making it is just amazing. We are glad that we stumbled upon the history of it near the bathrooms, otherwise we wouldn't have known about all the rich history. The size of the building overall is incredible. Although there were many people coming and going, we felt we were still able to stand and enjoy it and get good pictures.
Written January 3, 2020
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sabrinak136
New Orleans, LA1,475 contributions
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Sep 2021 • Family
My first visit to The Lincoln Memorial many years ago was during the day; however, a nighttime visit is a must.  It is amazing to see the memorial illuminated at night.  The Lincoln Memorial is an exquisite creation that pays homage to the president that saved the union.  In addition, there have been so many other defining moments that have taken place at The Lincoln Memorial such as Dr. Martin Luther’s King’s I Have a Dream speech given on August 28, 1963.  Visiting this monument definitely provides an opportunity to think about historical moments in time and how one man’s presidency helped to shape the United States of America.  The Lincoln Memorial is one of the most impressive monuments that you can visit at the National Mall.  I encourage everyone to visit.
Written September 18, 2021
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944wernerk
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The Lincoln Memorial is not only an important reminder of US history, it is also an esthetically uplifting experience. It offers one of the best views of the expanse of the Mall.
The Memorial can be visited within less than an hour, To take in the surroundings and getting there will take more time depending from where you start out. Thus, It is not as easy to get there as the other monuments but it is definitely worth it.
Written February 11, 2020
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Daniel C
Middlesbrough, UK164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
The memorial seems huge and towering when you're at the bottom of the steps and the steps seem huge as you walk up them; when I visited in 2012 I tried to race up the steps but tripped halfway up, luckily no one else seemed to notice. Once you get tot he top step you can turn around and see the Washington monument in the distance in front of the long lake, for some reason the water was drained that day. At the entrance of the memorial since it blocks out the sun, the statue is shrouded in the shadows so you can't really see it until you enter. Once you go inside, your eyes adjust to the dark, and then you see him, a huge statue but with a gentle face staring out at Washington. On the walls beside him are quotes from some of his famous speeches like the Gettysburg address and the sight has even more historical significance when you remember that MLK's I have a dream speech was held here decades ago. This memorial gives you a link to America's history, it's both majestic and educational.
Written May 27, 2020
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Janet C
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Do it by bike as part of a trip around all the monuments - all at your own pace and without getting footsore and weary. Early morning before the crowds so that you get the vibe with Lincoln sitting above you, and then return for floodlight at night. They're very different and magical experiences.
Written October 21, 2022
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mvtouring
Cape Town, South Africa460 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Always seeing other people's photo's of this great memorial, it was on my bucket list for many years and finally it became a reality. This beautiful monument is situated at the end of the Mall, but it being a lovely sunny winters day, there were crowds of people. Very beautiful on the inside and great history! If you are unable to climb those stairs, you can take the old elevator up to the chamber and see Lincoln himself! It is also nice to just sit on the ledge on the back of the monument and plane watch! Definetly recommend!
Written January 19, 2020
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