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“The most emotionally engaging of the presidential monuments”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
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Washington DC National Mall Evening Walking Tour
Ranked #10 of 428 things to do in Washington DC
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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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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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59 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“The most emotionally engaging of the presidential monuments”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

Rather than to follow the more familiar pattern of huge marble edifices with a statue inside, this monument takes the visitor on a short tour with touch points in the form of individual walled spaces, each highlighted by its own unique focal point and dedicated to a theme or period central to Roosevelt's life. Each enclosure has a fountain, statue or other feature, and more than the other monuments, this memorial is well integrated into the terrain and vegetation surrounding the basin. If you can, go during Cherry Blossom season.

The monument is spare in architectural embellishments, and rather focuses on providing quotes of FDR which allow the visitor a rare glimpse into the private mind of this most visible and public figure. It is as if by walking through the open chambers, one experiences FDR's mind grappling with the monumental issues he faced as president, first the ruined economy which had to be restored, and later the most far-reaching questions involving human rights, as he weighed the troubling question as to whether the United States should allow itself to enter World War II. The monument succeeds in its mission in evoking in the visitor an appreciation of the contemplative thoughtfulness that characterized presidential administrations of the past, and it is difficult to visit and leave this place without appreciating contrast that represents to the impulsiveness and occasional immaturity that mark important decision making in Washington today.

Visited April 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Memorial carrying a strong message”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

This memorial is located along the "memorial loop". In our case, we drove from Jefferson memorial (ample free-of-charge parking is available, which is highly unusual for D.C.)
Memorial itself is quite impressive. It starts with a tiny statue of F.D.R. (symbolizing that he was relatively unknown to the nation before becoming president, i am guessing), revealing several memorials in a sequence along narrow strip of the memorial park, where each memorial epitomizes a famous F.D.R quote. His wife's presence is also strong in the memorial.
Overall, this memorial is quite a profound experience. Highly recommended!

Visited December 2013
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Beaverton, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“One of the best memorial!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

The place is so serene. If one loves history, am sure to get goosebumps at this place. Just loved it. History speaks here.

Visited November 2013
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Wildwood, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Not to mis”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

The memorial covers a large area and is loaded with fountains and waterfalls. It has many inscriptions showing quotes made by FDR while numerous statues of FDR, his wife and everyday folks showing the great depression graphically. The memorial is located between the MLK and Jefferson memorial on the south side of the lake. A not to miss part of your visit to Washington DC

Visited December 2013
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WDC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Well worth a trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

Despite parking hassles - the NPS really could not make it harder to visit this site and the Jefferson Memorial - FDR Memorial is a must-see in DC. I was initially skeptical of how this memorial would look, but the use of water and stone has created a fabulous memorial.

Visited August 2013
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