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“A wondeful memorial for a great general and a great president”

General Grant National Memorial
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The final resting place of President Ulysses Simpson Grant and his wife, Julia, is the largest mausoleum in North America. It testifies to a people's gratitude for the man who ended the bloodiest conflict in American history as Commanding General of the Union Army and then, as President of the United States, strove to heal a nation after a civil war and make rights for all citizens a reality.
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Mirabel, Qc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 373 helpful votes
“A wondeful memorial for a great general and a great president”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

The memorial is wondeful. All white marble. A big dome. Nice paintings. And the tombs of Grant and his wife, garded by the busts of Grant's generals in the civil war... WOW!
When you enter the memorial and think about what this man has lived and done, you're touched by the serenity and intensity of the place.
The memorial is open every other hour for self-guided tours and every other hour for guided tours. This is a must see (even if it is away from the main NYC tourists attractions).
While in the area of the Grant Memorial, visit also Hamilton Grange and take a stroll through Columbia University.
There is a small visitor center down the stairs beside the memorial which I think is unacceptable considering National Parks standards. There are no real movie showing about Grant, only a small clip about the NPS of New York Harbor. The exibit cannot even be call an exibit because it shows almost nothing about the life and achievements of Ulysse S. Grant. This man deserves better and the public deserves more knowledge about this man and the Grant National Memorial could and should be the perfect place to display it.

Visited August 2012
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Plattsburgh, New York
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed August 1, 2012

This, and the whole Morningside Heights area is beautiful. I've never been to this area in NYC before. It's quiet, clean, and lots of open space. It almost doesn't feel like Manhattan. While in the area, go inside Riverside Church and take a look at Columbia University.

Visited August 2012
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San Diego
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“National Park near the Hudson in Manhattan”
Reviewed July 28, 2012

We sighted the General Grant Memorial from our Circle Line boat tour and visited later in our trip. The building housing the tombs of General Grant and his wife is imposing and the tombs themselves are massive. An excellent choice for a visit to a free national park away from the hustle and bustle of the busier parts of the city.

Visited July 2012
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Billings, Montana
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“History on the Upper West Side”
Reviewed July 21, 2012

If you are looking for something historically interesting to do on the Upper West Side, take the 1 train to 125th and walk to Grant's Tomb. It's the largest mausoleum in North America and was funded by individual citizens. Admission is free and every time I go, I see no more than three or four other people. When you finish, check out nearby Sakura Park and admire the architecture of Riverside Church.

Visited March 2012
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Valdosta, Georgia
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“Not open enough”
Reviewed June 28, 2012

Grant's Tomb is an awe-inspiring attraction. It is beautifully decorated. However, it is not open enough. That is to say, it is only open every other hour, which made no sense to us. Other than this, it is a teriffic attraction.

Visited June 2012
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