Tips For Visiting Washington D.C. Monuments & Memorials

Lincoln Memorial—The Most Visited

This majestic statue of the revered president is no wonder it's the nation's most visited monument.

Washington Monument—an Iconic Landmark

This historic obelisk survived war and an earthquake. Zip 500 feet to the summit in just a minute and enjoy the 360-degree city panorama.

The Tidal Basin—Family Fun

Take a break at the Tidal Basin on your Mall tour. You and the kids can paddle boat around the basin and lunch under the trees.

Fireworks on the Mall—The Nation’s Best Free Show

Get there early for the Independence Day fireworks and enjoy a free, patriotic musical show on the Washington Monument's grassy space.

Off the Beaten Path—Lesser Known Memorials

Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo, Maryland, commemorates the Red Cross founder and humanitarian.

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal—184 Miles of Adventure

Rent bikes for the family at Big Wheel Bikes or Capital Bikeshare in Georgetown to ride the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath.

Ford’s Theatre and the House Where Lincoln Died

Attend a live concert at Ford's Theatre and look up to the private box where Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth.

Seek Out These Sites Around Town

Walking the Mall, you may see a columned, open edifice hidden in the trees, smaller than the city's other monuments.