We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Conscience of America; Shrine to our greatest president”
Review of Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go to the Lincoln Memorial at night, an hour or so after sunset. It's completely safe and you will never forget the views of the Capitol, the Washington Memorial (the thing that sticks straight up in the middle distance) and the Reflecting Pool. Then turn around and, QUIETLY, enter the top level of the memorial where Mr. Lincoln sits. To your left is, perhaps, the greatest speech in American history, the Gettysburg Address. To your right is Lincoln's Second Inaugural speech, a less loquacious speech that could have been better edited, but which still resounds with meaning to this day.

Every time we take friends, relatives or visitors to the memorial I read the Gettysburg Address aloud for them. Read it slowly -- if you don't know it by heart as I do -- and savor the power and rhythm of his words. And think of our country, what is has become and what it still can be,

Before you go up the wide, wide stairs to see Mr. Lincoln, go left past the stairs and you'll see a door. Go on in and enjoy the little museum about the Mall and the evolution of the president's thinking on freedom, slavery and the future of our country. If you're not familiar with Washington, it's worthwhile sticking around to watch the short video about the Mall, though it's a bit dated.

As a lad who was born in Washington and grew up in the Land of Lincoln, let me ask you to hush your children and to peak in low voices when you approach Mr. Lincoln. He remains perhaps the greatest American and is surely worthy of that respect.

God bless America!

Thank realozjude
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (26,320)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"reflecting pool"
in 3,175 reviews
"gettysburg address"
in 507 reviews
"awe inspiring"
in 796 reviews
"great man"
in 384 reviews
"martin luther king"
in 415 reviews
"larger than life"
in 221 reviews
"national mall"
in 845 reviews
"beautiful at night"
in 243 reviews
"american history"
in 263 reviews
"white house"
in 231 reviews
"lincoln"
in 3,187 reviews
"speech"
in 1,524 reviews
"statue"
in 1,818 reviews
"memorial"
in 6,158 reviews
"abe"
in 518 reviews
"inscriptions"
in 378 reviews
"president"
in 839 reviews
Filter

279 - 283 of 26,320 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This monument is beautifully done and is extraordinary to see up close. I recommend going in the off season- Spring Break is a terrible time for DC, on account of all the schools that go there and take up the place.

Thank Kim M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Lincoln Memorial was the highlight of my short visit to Washington, DC. We walked the length of the Reflecting Pool to the memorial, something I found to be a peaceful preamble to the monument.

There are 57 steps to the chamber; I was just beginning to feel the burn when I reached the top. Note: There is an elevator in the lobby of the building for those unable to maneuver the steps. You're going to want your camera (or cell phone) to capture the amazing view of the Reflecting Pool from the chamber.

Admission is free. It is a self-guided memorial.

If you are only going to see one exhibit in Washington, DC, I wouldn't recommend this one, as there are more significant aspects to the capital. However, I would definitely put the Lincoln Memorial on your agenda.

Thank girlygirl243
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Take some time and read the inscriptions on the walls. The view both inside and out are gorgeous. Often very busy with your groups.

Thank Michelle O
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did this stop on the night tour with the Big Bus. It was really crowded with people. Everyone taking pictures and jockeying for a good vantage point! But, the whole reason to be there was to see Lincoln and he delivered! Was a really good stop, especially as you have a perfect view of the Washington Monument and it’s reflection, plus there was a beautiful full moon as well. A great place to stop after dark!

Thank 591RiaB
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Been to Lincoln Memorial? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing