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West end of the National Mall (National Mall)
(1) 202-426-6841 | www.nps.gov/linc
ATTRACTIONOde to Abe
HOURS/TIMESDaily: 24 hours
POPULAR TIMESWeekends; summer; school holidays
RESERVE IN ADVANCENo
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONNone
ALLOW30 min.-1 hour
METROFoggy Bottom; Smithsonian
Homage to the honest, top-hat-wearing, Civil War-presiding 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. This white marble structure with its iconic steps, Greek-style columns, and seated statue of a 19-foot Lincoln is a symbol of national unity in the United States (the monument itself is constructed from materials from all over the nation, for this reason), as it was Lincoln who held the country together during the tumultuous Civil War during the 19th century. Two of the president’s most famous speeches, the Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address, are engraved on the walls, as well as an epitaph written for the president. The site was also the location of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
GO HERE WITH
Friends; family; history buffs
WHY WE LIKE IT
The National Mall is teeming with museums stuffed with exhibits, interactive features, and eye-catching special effects, but here the simplicity of the monument really makes visiting worthwhile. We also love the view of the reflecting pool from the top of the steps.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
GOOD TO KNOW
There’s also a small museum with exhibits on Lincoln’s life and presidency and how the monument was built inside the memorial. Both daytime and nighttime visits have their advantages; the panoramic views by day are beautiful, but the lights by night are picturesque and iconic.
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