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Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

900 Ohio Drive SW, National Mall, Washington D.C., 20024

The Basics

As one of Washington DC’s top landmarks, the Jefferson Memorial is included on most DC monument tours that circuit through the National Mall. Walking and Segway tours typically include access to the inner chamber as well as time to explore, while Potomac River cruises and bus and van tours offer long-range views of the memorial and surrounding cherry trees.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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The Best Tour
Kaitlyn_H, Nov 2021
Sightsee DC with 10+ Stops & Seasonal Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
This tour has been a highlight of our week long trip. We were the only 2 who went so we ended up getting a personal tour. The bus was clean, the driver was so kind, and I cannot say enough about our incredible tour guide. He was knowledgeable about everything we saw. He even pointed out super cool small details. Aside from that, he was very kind and we had conversation going the entire time! I can’t recommend this tour enough.
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We loved the tour. The...
Khalid_A, Dec 2021
Sightsee DC with 10+ Stops & Seasonal Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
We loved the tour. The guide was very knowledgeable. Well worth the money. It is a great way to be introduced to what DC has to offer.
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The tour was a wonderful...
Norma_R, Dec 2021
Sightsee DC with 10+ Stops & Seasonal Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
The tour was a wonderful experience and would highly recommend to anyone. Very interesting and lots of information. Easy to find and parking lot close by so getting to the tour bus was easy.
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Best guide ever!
Donna_T, Nov 2021
Sightsee DC with 10+ Stops & Seasonal Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
Tyrone was amazing!! Best guide ever! Hilarious and very informative. He should get a raise, he really made the experience special.
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Good day
gwen_m, Nov 2021
Sightsee DC with 10+ Stops & Seasonal Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
It was Veterans Day. A lot of fun activity’s. The trees were turning and It was nice to see. Everyone was kind.
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Unforgettable Fantastic Tour!
Jaret_S, Oct 2021
Sightsee DC with 10+ Stops & Seasonal Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
All memorials were fantastic but the Lincoln and MLK were my favorites. Tyrone our guide, was very entertaining and informative. A+
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Thumbs up!
Eunice_S, Oct 2021
Sightsee DC with 10+ Stops & Seasonal Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
The whole experience including was amazing. The tour guide (Tyrone) & driver (Chris) were wonderful.
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Great experience
Remsh_A, Oct 2021
Sightsee DC with 10+ Stops & Seasonal Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
The experience with signature tours was perfect! Tyrone was our tour guide and I must apologize because I cannot remember the drivers name that drove the bus… But all in all everything was great! Tyrone is very knowledgeable about the different highlights on the tour and his humor and character made it a wonderful experience. My family and I highly recommend this to her to anyone who would love to visit and learn about the history of Washington DC and our country.
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Tyrone was awesome! He...
Rosa_W, Oct 2021
Sightsee DC with 10+ Stops & Seasonal Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
Tyrone was awesome! He shared so many facts and history about the former Presidents and memorials we saw. Excellent tour guide!! I would recommend this to anyone
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Fantastic Tour!! Larry and Chris are the best!
Erica_Z, Oct 2021
Sightsee DC with 10+ Stops & Seasonal Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
Fantastic tour. Larry (tour guide) and Chris (driver) we’re amazing. They were so nice, funny, and informative. We got to visit so many places that we probably wouldn’t have made it to on our own. It was so nice not to worry about driving and to be dropped off and picked up at all the different spots. Highly recommend!!
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Great experience for the whole family
Anthony_F, Oct 2021
Sightsee DC with 10+ Stops & Seasonal Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
Tyrone was an amazing tour guide. Great experience for the whole family! Would highly recommend this tour.
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Great experience!!
Diana_A, Oct 2021
Sightsee DC with 10+ Stops & Seasonal Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
Had such a great experience on this particular tour. The staff was amazing, very knowledgeable and charismatic. We visited several locations while on the tour and had plenty of time to look, take pictures and ask questions. The entire tour is perfectly planned and timed out exactly as stated. I highly recommend this tour, hands down rated a 10 out of 10 in my opinion.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Restrooms are located beneath the memorial in the visitor center, accessible by elevator.

  • The inner chamber is wheelchair accessible through the visitor center.

  • The National Park Service has rangers on duty from 9:30am to 11pm daily.

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How to Get There

Public transport is the easiest way to reach the memorial. Take a 15-minute walk from the Smithsonian Metro station stop to the Tidal Basin, hop on the National Mall Circulator bus, or grab a Capital Bikeshare bike from multiple locations around the National Mall. Book a tour with round-trip transport to avoid the hassle of navigating.

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When to Get There

The Jefferson Memorial is open 24 hours a day, year-round. Though the hours between 6pm and 9pm are the busiest, going in the evening is worth the crowds for sunset views. Visit in the morning to beat the crowds, or take an evening bus tour for views of the memorial illuminated at night. The memorial and surrounding Tidal Basin are popular among visitors during peak cherry blossom season, from late March to early April.

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White House Connection

Sit on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial. Now, spot the White House. When President Franklin Roosevelt got to Washington, he lobbied for a memorial of the predecessor he idolized. When the plans were finally approved, Roosevelt chose the site on the Tidal Basin because he wanted a direct view of his creation from the White House—so much so that he ordered trees to be cut for a better view.

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