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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

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Lincoln Memorial Tours

A 19-foot-tall (5.7-meter-tall) marble statue of President Abraham Lincoln dominates the Lincoln Memorial, situated at the edge of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National Mall in Washington DC. The most visited National Park Service site in the city is an homage to the 16th president of the United States, who helped to preserve the Union during the Civil War and delivered the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour, Washington DC, null
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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

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See DC's historical monuments and landmarks up close and personal on a 3-hour bike tour with an informative guide. Cruise around the National Mall to see some ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van, Washington DC, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC by the light of night on this private, 3-4-hour, sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a comfortable ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC

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Day or night, customize your itinerary from a list of the most popular sites around the greater DC area while being chauffeured like a celebrity in a Mercedes ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
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See DC Small-Group Half Day Tour, Washington DC, Custom Private Tours
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See DC Small-Group Half Day Tour

Discover our Nations Capitol on this exceptionally comprehensive 4 hour personalized, professionally guided tour. Our small group format is limited to 12 ...  Read more

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Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van, Washington DC, Half-day Tours
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Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

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Explore the famous landmarks, monuments, and neighborhoods of Washington, DC on this guided, this 3-4-hour sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a comfortable van and ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
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Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise

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Explore the best of Washington, DC with a guided, 6-hour bus and walking tour of the city's top sites. This exciting tour includes a (seasonal) 1 hour river ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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

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Explore the popular monuments in Washington, DC with this guided, 3-hour tour of the National Mall at night. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an ...  Read more

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

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Small Group Moonlight Tour of DC, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Small Group Moonlight Tour of DC

See the top attractions of the National Mall at night on our 3-hour guided, small group tour as iconic Washington DC sites take on a spectacular glow against ...  Read more

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

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

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

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
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Private DC Tour with Customized Itinerary, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private DC Tour with Customized Itinerary

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Experience DC with locals on one of our 3 hour private tours. We will personalize your itinerary to visit the sites on your must-see list. Monday - Saturday we ...  Read more

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