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Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Open 24 hours a day
Independence Avenue SW, at 23rd Street NW, National Mall, Washington D.C., 20024

The Basics

Few travelers to DC leave without seeing the Lincoln Memorial. Whether you’d like an up-close encounter or want to see it from afar, the site can be visited as part of most Washington DC tours, including a bike tour of the mall, a morning monuments tour, a DC night tour, and a bus tour combined with a cruise on the Potomac River.

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Sightsee DC with 10+ Stops & Seasonal Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
Sightsee DC with 10+ Stops & Seasonal Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
star-4.5
$70.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Best tour guide and so many stops!
Cassie is the most knowledgeable tour guide and historian I have ever met. She was funny, engaging, smart, and so personable. It was obvious she knows politics, history, and all the good stuff about Washington DC.
Georgia_C, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
Very informative and...
Melen_S, Oct 2021
Luxury Sight See DC City Tour with Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
Very informative and covered a lot of ground ,Tyron was very knowledgeable and Chris was amazing driver
star-5
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.
star-5
Enjoyable and informative day.
rominascott, Sep 2021
Luxury Sight See DC City Tour with Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
The tour was very informative. Larry our tour guide and Chris our driver were great. I give them 5 thumbs up☺️
star-5
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.
star-5
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+
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
Excellent Tour of the Nations Capitol and Memorials.
Joyce_M, Sep 2021
Luxury Sight See DC City Tour with Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
The most memorable part of the trip was getting to visit the Martin Luther King Memorial. The tour guide, Tyrone, was very knowledgeable about the various memorials and government buildings.
star-5
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

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Free audio guided tours are available by mobile phone or through the National Mall visitor’s app.

  • National Park Service rangers are available from 9:30am to 10pm every day to answer questions.

  • The Lincoln Memorial is wheelchair accessible. On the southeast corner, ramps lead from street level to the basement, where an elevator goes up to the statue chamber.

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How to Get to the Lincoln Memorial

Anchoring the west end of the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial is easily accessible by foot or bike from many downtown Washington DC hotels and by public transportation. The nearest Metro stations are Foggy Bottom and Smithsonian.

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When to Get There

The Lincoln Memorial is free and open to the public 24 hours a day throughout the year. To have the Lincoln Memorial mostly to yourself, visit early in the morning, especially during winter. The best views of the National Mall and the reflecting pool from the memorial can be seen in spring and fall, when the surrounding foliage is at its most atmospheric. Visiting at night will allow you to see the monument lit up.

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What to Look for at the Lincoln Memorial

While the statue of Abraham Lincoln is the focal point of the Lincoln Memorial, there are several other features to see during your visit. Above the 36 Corinthian columns are two rows of state names. The lower row lists the 36 states within the US at the time of Lincoln’s death, while the upper row lists the 48 states within the US when the memorial was dedicated in 1922. A bronze plaque on the plaza level recognizes Alaska and Hawaii. In the center of the last landing, before the statue chamber, is an engraving marking the spot where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Inside the statue chamber, to Lincoln’s right, is the text of the Gettysburg Address and, above it, a painting entitled “Emancipation.”

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