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Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Open 24 hours a day
Independence Avenue SW, at 23rd Street NW, National Mall, Washington D.C., 20024

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.

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Sight See DC with 10+ Stops including Jefferson Memorial, White House, and More
Sight See DC with 10+ Stops including Jefferson Memorial, White House, and More
star-4.5
$80.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
The Monuments are not to be missed!
This tour of the various monuments was wonderful! Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. He also made sure we knew if a particular stop was very walk intensive. This gave people to option of staying on the bus if they didn't feel they could handle the amount of walking for that particular stop.
Susan_G, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

star-5
History In truth
Ortega_C, Jul 2022
Luxury Sight See DC City Tour with Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
Loved the historical presentations by Sally! She was very honest in her presentations of the truth in history
star-5
Historical and factual tour
Stephanie_F, Jul 2022
Sight See DC with 10+ Stops including Jefferson Memorial, White House, and More
Our family enjoyed our tour guide Dewayne! He was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of historical facts. Our driver Chris was very professional and safe! Viator and Signature Tours give you what they advertise.
star-5
Best time in D.C.
Leonardo_F, Jun 2022
Luxury Sight See DC City Tour with Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
Beautiful and unforgettable experience on D.C. I definitely recommend this tour you won't regret it.
star-5
Tha Absolute Best Tour Ever!!!
Cassandra_M, May 2022
Sight See DC with 10+ Stops including Jefferson Memorial, White House, and More
The staff were all so very nice & our tour guide was absolutely wonderful & knowledgeable! You can tell she loves what she does & she make learning exciting! I would absolutely recommend this tour to everyone!
star-5
Best Bet for a Tour of DC
Nikki_R, Apr 2022
Luxury Sight See DC City Tour with Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
Ty and Chris were worth the price of admission! Hosts were entertaining and knowledgeable. I was a solo rider, I felt safe. I would pass on the Potomac Boat Ride.
star-4
Whirlwind in DC!!
Sharonda_L, Mar 2022
Sight See DC with 10+ Stops including Jefferson Memorial, White House, and More
The tour itself was great. Larry was amazing. Just wish there was more time to visit the gift shops. Also the guy Zuma that verifies the trips told my family that they did not do hotel pickups after we had confirmed this three times with customer service. He was rude and quite aggressive over the phone.
star-5
Very informative and...
Melen_S, Oct 2021
Luxury Sight See DC City Tour with Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
Very informative and covered a lot of ground ,Tyron was very knowledgeable and Chris was amazing driver
star-5
Enjoyable and informative day.
rominascott, Sep 2021
Luxury Sight See DC City Tour with Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
The tour was very informative. Larry our tour guide and Chris our driver were great. I give them 5 thumbs up☺️
star-5
Excellent Tour of the Nations Capitol and Memorials.
Joyce_M, Sep 2021
Luxury Sight See DC City Tour with Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
The most memorable part of the trip was getting to visit the Martin Luther King Memorial. The tour guide, Tyrone, was very knowledgeable about the various memorials and government buildings.
star-4
Awesome trip!!!!
Haidee_C, Oct 2021
Luxury Sight See DC City Tour with Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
This tour was awesome. 5 stars for tour. I selected 4, because Viator representative gave me the wrong time. After paying for this tour via Viator app, I called Viator the day before tour to confirm everything. You HAVE TO CHECK with Signature Tours directly regarding time to meet bus if you are going to be picked up from your hote. Luckily Sean, the manager from Signature tours sent me a text at 9:37 am to let us know that the driver came and left. Apparently, our driver came at 9:34. Sean the manager was very gracious and provided great customer service by picking us up in Signature’s van and driving us to the first meeting place of bus tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and funny. We visited the sites that are stated and we’re able to get off the bus at each location for more in-depth history. Had an hour break for lunch wherever we chose along the Washington Harbor. Then we proceeded on the cruise along the Potomac. We did have a heavy downpour on us during lunch and a little after, but the tour kept going. It was still cool with us. Awesome tour!!! If your hotel is one of those that Signature tours can pick you up, remember to call SIGNATURE tours NOT Viator at least a day before so you get the exact time to be ready.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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