"Honest Abe" Lincoln Memorial Tip by mattreider

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.: 149 reviews and 302 photos

  Yeah, that's the one.
by mattreider

At one end of the National Mall, abutting the bridge to Arlington Cemetary, sits the monument of that unpopular, well written lawyer who struggled to hold the nation together. That story, and his success in doing so, is why Abe Lincoln sits to this day on a very large chair in a very large Roman-style temple that is modelled on most of the pennys you have stuffed in a jar on your dresser.

Either way, the stairwell down to the reflecting pool has been the stage for many a choir event (many church groups practice singing or hold Sunday-morning masses on the steps), and thousands of tourists have walked in, hushed by the words of the man and his giant statue.

Don't forget to enter the bottom of the monument, through a door to the lower left of the front stairs. There is a history of the monument. Once, although my memory is fading, this lower are had a window to the underworld of the monument, full of dirt and stone and stalagtites that had formed in the cave that supports the giant statue.

The monuments are open until 10:00 at night, and this is a great time to enjoy them all lit up, without the large mass of similarly-dressed tourists.

Address: 23rd Street, NW
Directions: Located at the western end of the National Mall, facing the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument, and Capitol Hill.
Phone: (202) 426-6841
Website: http://www.nps.gov/linc/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 4, 2005
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