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  • Address: Independence Avenue SW, at 23rd Street NW, National Mall, Washington D.C. 20024, USA
  • Hours: Open 24 hours a day
  • Admission: Free

Here's a local secret: if you're ever stuck in a thunderstorm while wandering around the Mall, make a dash for the Lincoln Memorial. Thunder seems to rumble like clockwork nearly every 4th of July, and everyone in the know takes shelter under the marble dome, crouching near the foot of the enormous chair in which a gigantic Lincoln holds court.

In a city of icons, the Lincoln Memorial is truly a highlight. It's the classicism evoked by the Greek temple design, or the way the memorial so perfectly anchors the Mall's west end, or maybe just the stony dignity of Lincoln's gaze and the power of his speeches engraved in the wall. Nonetheless, a visit here while gazing over the 2,000ft(600m) Reflecting Pool is a defining D.C. moment.

For these are the steps where lovers kiss, schoolchildren lounge, protesters gather, and Martin Luther King Jr’s "I Have a Dream" speech seared itself into the national conscience. This stunning location is also a favorite spot for Hollywood blockbusters. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn discussed girls on the steps in the Wedding Crashers, while Reese Witherspoon's Elle Woods sought Lincoln's advice in Legally Blonde 2.

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The Lincoln Memorial anchors the west end of the National Mall, perfectly balancing the long axis of the Mall, its back fronting the Potomac River. Like other attractions on the Mall, the memorial is accessible via public transportation. A visit here also serves as a respite from visiting museums, while still retaining the D.C. experience.

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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van, Washington DC, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Four Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Four Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

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Customized Private Sightseeing Tour of DC, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

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Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Washington DC Evening Tour, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Washington DC Evening Tour

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Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Holiday Lights Sightseeing Tour, Washington DC, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Holiday Lights Sightseeing Tour

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Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Memorials in Washington DC Bus Tour, Washington DC, Christmas
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Memorials in Washington DC Bus Tour

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Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
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DC After Dark, Washington DC, Half-day Tours
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Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour, Washington DC, City Tours
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Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour

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