The Lincoln Memorial is a must-see Washington DC attraction that opened to the public in 1922 in honor of Abraham Lincoln. A symbol of freedom, inspiration, and hope, this national treasure was chosen as the site for several historical events, including Martin Luther King Junior's world-famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.
The monument features a 19-foot tall statue of Abraham Lincoln set inside an open marble building modeled after ancient Greek temples. This memorial was built in honor of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator and preserver of the nation during the Civil War during which Lincoln served as the nation's 16th President.
The grandeur of this marble memorial is enhanced by the steps that line the front leading to the Lincoln Memorial Reflection pool, a long rectangular pool that spans about one third of a mile between the Lincoln Memorial and nearby Washington Monument.This memorial offers beautiful views in the daytime and evening.