Stand on the steps of history
Built in honor of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, this temple can be found on the edge of the Potomac River and on the westernmost side of the National Mall. You might recognize this memorial on American currency, as it can be found on both the $5 bill as well as the copper penny! Climbing the steps provides a wonderful place to stand and reflect on the significance of the monuments lining the park before you and to stand in the place of history. It is here that Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech when over 250,000 people flocked the surrounding area to witness his speech on the steps of the memorial dedicated to the man who delivered the Emancipation Proclamation 100 years prior. To this day, the monument remains at the center of the Civil Rights movement.
The exterior design of the memorial distinctly echoes the architecture of classic Greek temples and has 36 columns – one for each of the states in the Union at the time of Lincoln’s death. The interior of the memorial houses a grand marble statue of Lincoln seated facing the Mall, with the following words engraved above: "In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever."
You can glide right up to the Lincoln Memorial on our National Mall Segway Tour, or if you’d like to spend a bit more time exploring this memorial and others, then our Monuments and Memorials Segway Tour is perfect for you. Walking the entire National Mall to see the best memorials can take an entire day on foot, if not more! Both of these tours will visit the best in just 3 hours.
24 hours a day
Rangers on duty to answer questions from 9:30am to 10pm
Foggy Bottom GWU Station (Blue, Silver, Orange Lines) is approximately a 20-minute walk away down 23rd Street NW but is the closest.
The Smithsonian (Blue, Silver, Orange Lines) is a 25-minute walk away and will give you the most scenic route as you walk along numerous DC monuments.
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