One of my favorite things to do when visiting Washington DC is seeing the monuments and memorials. There are numerous monuments across the city all in memory of people and events in history. They are free to see and something people of all ages would enjoy. Two of the most visited monuments and memorials are located on either side of the National Mall, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
The Washington Monument was completed in 1884 to honor The United States first president, George Washington. At the time of it’s completion, it was the tallest building in the world at 555 feet tall. As of September 2019, the newly modernized elevator opened the monument back up to guests. The elevator takes guests up 500 feet to the observation desk where guests can see for nearly 25 miles in each direction including the White House, US Capitol ad Arlington cemetary.
Across the National Mall from the Washington Monument is my favorite monument, The Lincoln Memorial. Built to honor our 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, the memorial was completed in 1922. It’s 190 feet long, 119 feet wide and almost 100 feet in height. It includes 36 columns to represent the 36 states that made up the United States at the date of President Lincoln’s death.
The details of the Lincoln statue in the memorial are quite impressive. He looks so real, that walking by the statue, I felt as if his eyes were following me. The size of the memorial is a testament to how much bigger than life President Lincoln was and all he did for this country. Etched into the walls of the memorial is the Gettysburg Address and also Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.
The Lincoln Memorial is open 24 hours a day and highly recommend visiting it during the day and at night. You definitely get a different perspective with it lit up at night. Viewing the memorial at night is my favorite thing to do, the crowds are less and it’s a rather peaceful experience. And the view of the Washington Monument across the Mall is also beautiful.
Have you visited the memorials at night? There are a number of tours that take you around to see the memorials after dark if you don’t want to be walking around at night.
The Jefferson Memorial is located on the tidal basin. The open air white columned memorial is home to the 19 foot bronze statue in honor of the third president of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson.
Along one of the walls of the memorial is the famous quote from the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The memorial is also open 24 hours, another beautiful place to check out after dark.
What are some of your favorite monuments and memorials and DC?