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“A retrospective in statues and water”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
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Washington DC National Mall Evening Walking Tour
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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“A retrospective in statues and water”
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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“So Peaceful”
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....”
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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“FDR Memorial - See it Once in Day, Once at Night”
Reviewed October 9, 2009

I've been a fan of the big memorials in DC for a long time, led by the Lincoln Memorial. But the FDR Memorial has become my recent favorite. It is an old-fashioned memorial, with great slabs of granite and other stone, stretching for almost a block along the Potomac River, linked by water. It tells the story of his presidency and the quotes carved into the rock are as important now as when he spoke them more than 50 years ago. Touring the space in the day is like a living history lesson. But at night, the high walls, the roaring water, the statues and the low lights turn the space into an amazing art show. It is powerful, emotional, even a bit romantic. It is worth two visits if you are even in Washington DC.

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