National Mall Monuments: The Jefferson Memorial

Written by
Jason Barnette
Posted on
September 9, 2014
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Written by
Jason Barnette
Posted on
September 9th, 2014
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The Jefferson Memorial is one of the most unique and outstanding of all the memorials along The National Mall. A larger than life statue of Jefferson is the centerpiece of the cavernous memorial at the edge of The Basin. It’s one of the best places in Washington, D.C. to watch the sunset, sit back and read a book, or to learn about a former president of the United States.

The large dome structure was a favorite architectural style by President Jefferson, making it appropriate for his memorial. Four quotes cover the marble walls on the inside. The memorial is open 24 hours a day to explore, making it a popular place for sunrise, sunset, and to get under a roof during those pesky summer thunderstorms. A nearby snack stand is open during the warmer months, and restrooms are available on site.

Getting There

The best way to visit the Jefferson Memorial is by public transportation. There is no on-site parking; the nearest parking lot is straddled by the interstate near the Cuban Friendship Urn, a short walk along a paved path. The DC Circulator National Mall Route (Red Line) makes a stop at the memorial.

It’s also entirely possible to walk to the memorial. Visitors can begin at the Washington Monument, follow the sidewalk south, and then the edge of the Tidal Basin to the memorial. Coming from the National World War II Memorial or Lincoln Memorial visitors should cross Independence Avenue near the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, follow the path along the edge of the Tidal Basin past the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and cross the bridge before reaching the Jefferson Memorial.

The Jefferson Memorial is also part of an exciting day trip route around the Tidal Basin.

Jefferson Memorial Photos

The Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, on Sunday, August 17, 2014. Copyright 2014 Jason Barnette

People explore the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Copyright 2014 Jason Barnette

Warm light from sunset bathes the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, August 15, 2015. Copyright 2015 Jason Barnette

People explore the Tidal Basin in pedal powered boats near the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Copyright 2014 Jason Barnette

People explore the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Copyright 2014 Jason Barnette

Warm light from sunset bathes the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, August 15, 2015. Copyright 2015 Jason Barnette

If you would like to view more photos from The National Mall in Washington, D.C., please visit my website at http://photography.southeasterntraveler.com/Washington-DC/The-National-Mall/

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