Lincoln Memorial

Overview

The Lincoln Memorial is a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln and the nation he fought to preserve during the Civil War (1861-1865). The Lincoln Memorial was built to resemble a Greek temple. It has 36 Doric columns, one for each state at the time of Lincoln's death. A sculpture by Daniel Chester French of a seated Lincoln is in the center of the memorial chamber. Inscribed on the south wall of the monument is the Gettysburg Address. As an enduring symbol of freedom, the Lincoln Memorial attracts anyone who seeks inspiration and hope.

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Seasonality / Weather

Washington has a temperate climate typical of the Mid-Atlantic U.S., with four distinct seasons. Summer tends to be very hot and humid. Spring and fall are mild. Winter can bring cold temperatures, frozen precipitation and, on occasions, major snowstorms.

Directions

Driving: 

Interstates 66 and 395 provide access to the Mall from the south. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, provide access from the north. Interstate 66, Route 50 and 29 provide access from the west. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the east.

Flying: 

Three major airports link Washington, D.C. with the rest of the country and the world. Ronald Reagan National Airport, Dulles Airport, and Baltimore-Washington Airport all have limousine, cab, or Metro services available that will connect with the National Mall.

Public Transport: 

The nearest Metro station to this site is Foggy Bottom/George Washington University at 23rd and I Streets, NW; this station is just over 6/10 of a mile north of the memorial.