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The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., is easily one of the world's most recognizable monuments. Filled with architectural details and nuances, the memorial pays tribute to the president credited with saving the Union. Part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, the Lincoln Memorial is the most visited site on the National Mall. Started in 1914 and dedicated in 1922, people from around the world and the nation flock to pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln, surrounded by mentions of his most famous words and works.
Parking and public transportation at the Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial is at the western edge of the National Mall, two miles from the Capitol Building. Parking for the area can be found at Ohio Drive, SW between the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials, while accessible parking can be found adjacent to the Memorial at Daniel Chester French Drive SW.
The Lincoln Memorial can also be reached by public transportation and then walked to. The nearest Metro stop is Foggy Bottom (23rd St. &I St. NW) and Smithsonian (12th St. &Independence Ave. SW).
The National Mall is bike friendly and if you don't have your own, a Capital Bikeshare location can be found on Daniel French Drive SW.
Best and worst time to go to the Lincoln Memorial
As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the nation, the steps of the Lincoln Memorial are always crowded, especially during national holidays and school holidays. The National Mall is open 24 hours, so going at off times, like sunrise and sunset, not only afford beautiful lighting but also the chance of seeing fewer mass groups.
Admission to the Lincoln Memorial
Admission to the Lincoln Memorial is free. You can check out the details and stay on the steps for as long as you like. There is a small gift store where you can buy memorabilia pertaining to the area.
Must see/do at the Lincoln Memorial
If you are interested in American history and learning more about the Lincoln Memorial and other sites of interest on the National Mall, then check out the free walking and biking tours that are offered. An annual highlight is the Independence Day celebration. Crowds converge upon the National Mall for a day filled with activities, highlighted by a spectacular fireworks display in the evening.
Other places to visit near the Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial is part of the National Mall, a vast park that includes the Washington Monument and many other memorials dedicated to wars, presidents and important leaders. At various points within the mall, you can find concessions such as ice cream and snack vendors.
Insider tips for visitors to the Lincoln Memorial
The National Mall is two miles long, from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress according to the weather, as it is also a walk from the nearest parking and Metro stations. Sunscreen and plenty of water are essential during D.C.'s hot summer months.
Author's bio: Carly Zinderman is a freelance writer from Los Angeles that loves to travel. She has written for many websites on topics including travel, food and drink.