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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, Washington DC, null
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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

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

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

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Location: Washington, District of Columbia
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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

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3 Hour Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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3 Hour Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour

Enjoy all the sites of our nation's capital from the luxury of your premium Sedan, SUV, or a 15-passenger van on a 3 hour guided tour of Washington DC. Start ...  Read more

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Duration: Flexible

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Location: Washington, District of Columbia
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Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up, Washington DC, Custom Private Tours
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Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

Explore the monuments at night with this 3 hour guided tour of the National Mall and its memorials. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an educational ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.00
DC After Dark, Washington DC, Night Tours
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DC After Dark

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

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Washington DC Evening Tour, Washington DC, City Tours
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Washington DC Evening Tour

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Enjoy a small group evening tour of Downtown Washington, DC. Small group sizes make this tour personal, family friendly, and fun for all!

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Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise, Washington DC, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Explore the best of Washington DC with a guided bus and walking tour of the city's top sights plus a (seasonal) river cruise out of Georgetown. This 6 hour ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
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Memorials in Washington DC Bus Tour, Washington DC, City Tours
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Memorials in Washington DC Bus Tour

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Explore Washington DC on this half-day sightseeing tour led by a knowledgeable driver-guide. Departing from Union Station, the narrated 4-hour loop stops at ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
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