Type: Great Views, Historic Sites
To serve as a symbol of unity, strength and wisdom, the 16th President Abraham Lincoln is honored with this memorial featuring a statue seated below the inscription, "In this temple, as in the hearts... Read More
To serve as a symbol of unity, strength and wisdom, the 16th President Abraham Lincoln is honored with this memorial featuring a statue seated below the inscription, "In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever." Completed 57 years after his assassination, the Greek Doric temple was also the site for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech delievered during the the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom rally in August 1963. While the site is impressive during the day, the view will take your breath away at night. Metro: Smithsonian.
Hours:Due to COVID-19, please check with the attraction for the most recent updates to their opening hours.
- Best Attractions & Activities: "Look at the frieze to find the names of the 36 states in the union at the time of President Lincoln's death."
- Free Things to Do: "Look on the outside of the memorial to see the names of the 36 states in the Union at the time of Lincoln's death."
- Sightseeing: "Look for the fasces – bundle of rods bound by a leather thong – positioned throughout the memorial."
- Historic Sites: "Look to the frieze to see the names of the 36 states in the Union at the time of Lincoln's assassination."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The site honors the man who helped free a people and provided a backdrop for one of the most historic speeches ever given.
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: In a district full of memorials, this is the one to visit if you have limited touring time.
- Best for Sightseeing Because: Not only can you see the memorial but also get great views of the National Mall, Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument.
- Best for Historic Sites Because: The backdrop for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have A Dream' speech, the memorial is a must-see.