In many ways the Lincoln Memorial is the heart of all the monuments and memorials in the United States capital. It’s easy to get to this memorial by taxi or tour bus, who often drop visitors off on nearby Daniel French Drive SW or Henry Bacon Drive NW. But most often people walk along the Reflecting Pool from the National WWII Memorial to visit this presidential memorial.
The Lincoln Memorial is one of the most visited and easily recognizable of all the Washington monuments and memorials. Sitting at the end of the National Mall’s reflecting pool, near the Potomac River, it is an enormous building, The large stone steps leading up to the memorial is a popular place for tourists to sit, relax, and enjoy a bite to eat during long summer days and cool winter nights. It’s also one of my favorite places to visit each year.
Once inside, the main attraction is the massive statues of Abraham Lincoln sitting on a throne. This view has been used many times in popular films. But while thousands of people a year will visit this memorial and stand inside this cavernous room, many will not fully explore everything this site has to offer. On either side of the building are massive walls with inscriptions from Lincoln’s life. But the most often overlooked portion of the memorial is actually underneath it: a small museum with an entrance located to the left of the last set of stairs (facing the memorial). This small museum has a lot of additional quotes, history, and photos. The memorial is open 24 hours a day throughout the year, and its even better to visit at night!
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