Jefferson Memorial
Jefferson Memorial
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A 19-foot bronze statue of perhaps the most esteemed founding father sits beneath a columned rotunda in the style of the Roman Pantheon.
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  • David H
    Bury, United Kingdom1,634 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb
    The monument is on the far side of the basin, so not the easiest to get to. I visited as part of the nighttime tour, so was able to get up close with all the lighting on. Close up it is a huge building, and great to wander around inside and outside and read the inscriptions.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand4,208 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't forget about Mr. Jefferson!
    The memorial is a bit distant from the other attractions around the Mall, but worth the hike to get there. Because there are fewer visitors, it also tends to be more peaceful. I used to think the Jefferson Memorial was the one of the most attractive of all the memorials in Washington. I still think so, but it's become a bit rundown and dirty. To give credit, the memorial is currently under renovation. Hopefully, it will be restored to its former glory.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 30, 2023
  • MrMrsHappyR
    Liverpool, United Kingdom1,441 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful memorial
    Huge domed memorial visible from the Martin Luther King Memorial and various parts of the Tidal Basin. A long walk but well worth it. Inside the beautiful marble dome is a statue of Jefferson and several inscriptions on the walls
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • F4981JCmichaels
    Vancouver, Washington2,650 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Under construction, but still open.
    You can see this memorial from the Mall. To visit it though, it's easier to drive to a nearby parking lot off Ohio Drive and to walk to it from there. I did not see any handicapped parking near the memorial itself, but I don't need handicapped parking, so I did not scope it out first. If it's something you need, check in advance. The nearest parking lot I mentioned is a bit of a walk to the Jefferson Memorial. There was construction going on when I visited, but the memorial was still accessible, via stairs surrounding the entrance. I think there is a ramp nearby, but I am not sure. At the top of the stairs, Jefferson's Memorial consists of a rotunda with a bigger than life statue of him in the center. As you enter, on the left is a small, but interesting gift shop. The restrooms are in trailers in a lot on the other side of the building, and although they are in trailers, they have ramps, are kept spotless by a dedicated cleaning crew, and have flush toilets. There is a sidewalk that follows I-395. As you get to the top of the small hill, there are steps going down to the sidewalk that takes you back under I-395, and to the parking lot off Ohio Drive. If you want to also see George Mason's Memorial, then take the long way around, from Basin Drive to the junction of Ohio Drive. His memorial is set back from the sidewalk on that "corner."
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 1, 2023
  • sfuhere
    802 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A stately memorial
    Beautifully situated on the riverfront and majestic when you approach it. It was surprising to me that this memorial was only erected in 1943. Jefferson’s quotations adorn the walls and his statue looms over you. It is undoubtedly one of the more stately memorials. I believe the current construction works are in order to provide a step-free entrance. There is also a small gift shop.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 12, 2023
  • SanDiegoParent
    San Diego, California24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Use DC Circulator Bus
    If you’re looking for public transportation options don’t do what I did and try to walk from L’Enfant metro station. Inconvenient and not lovely. Gave up. Walkway was not clear. The next day, my bus ride and metro ride into the city dropped me at the Smithsonian Metro station. I got off the metro and took the DC circulator bus towards the Lincoln Memorial by the Smithsonian museums. That bus took me straight to the Jefferson Memorial. Because my ride to the Jefferson Memorial and my pick up back to that same location was all within the two hours of when I first tapped my smart trip card on my first bus for the morning, I didn’t have to pay anything extra. It was free because it was all within two hours. Then I spent the rest of my time on foot before taking the metro and bus back to my hotel. I would definitely recommend the DC circulator bus to get to the Jefferson Memorial.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 20, 2023
  • Erin H
    97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Truly Special Spot
    This is one of the most iconic monuments in Washington and it looks over the Tidal Basin and is a beautiful spot to be able to see the cherry blossoms. One can fairly easily walk to the seafood market near the wharf and enjoy fresh seafood out of a bag sitting just outside the monument. There are plenty of places to sit and gaze up at the awe inspiring edifice. Also picnic lunches or dinners are great for this as well. It's nice to go in the evening as the sun goes down and to see the monument in the day and the light. It's location is really special, so if planning to go there see how you can make your trip extra special by enjoying more time with the monument with a packed meal, or smuggling a little wine or champagne 😉
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 8, 2024
  • montanapescado
    Albuquerque, New Mexico1,401 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favorite of all the monuments in D.C., or anywhere for that matter
    Everything comes together to make this the most moving of all our monuments. The location, the architecture, the layout, statue, and most of all, the great words inscribed into all that beautiful marble. The magnificence can actually be overwhelming. I recommend going at night as reading the great quotes unlight gives the whole experience a little extra glow. If anyone says they have limited time and asks me which sights they should narrow down to, I always say the Jefferson Memorial is the one you absolutely must not miss.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 17, 2024
  • moodblu
    West Valley City, Utah1,436 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of my favorite memorials in DC
    The Jefferson memorial features a 19 ft statue of Thomas Jefferson, centered in a large open-air rotunda situated on the edge of the Tidal Basin. There are quotes on the walls from the Declaration of Independence and other writings. It is in a beautiful setting, with great views of the tidal basin and various other locations in DC. I especially liked the views of the Washington Monument, across the Tidal Basin. This was one of my favorite memorials in DC.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 14, 2024
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York3,082 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most Beautiful Memorial
    The Jefferson Memorial is one of the most beautiful memorials (in my opinion) in DC. It is perched high next to Tidal Basin with great views of the basin, the Washington Monument, and a direct shot of the a White House. When I went there in April, it was beautiful (even without the cherry blossoms, since there was no cherry blossoms when I went). I highly recommend visiting the Jefferson Memorial.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2024
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,498 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
At the opposite end of the Tidal Basin from Martin Luther King Jr's Memorial is the Jefferson Memorial. The steps were a great place to rest after walking around the basin. During our time of visit, there was a renovation going on, and it did not impact the memorial itself visually, so it's still nice to take pictures of it.
Written July 1, 2024
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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY3,082 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The Jefferson Memorial is one of the most beautiful memorials (in my opinion) in DC. It is perched high next to Tidal Basin with great views of the basin, the Washington Monument, and a direct shot of the a White House. When I went there in April, it was beautiful (even without the cherry blossoms, since there was no cherry blossoms when I went). I highly recommend visiting the Jefferson Memorial.
Written June 24, 2024
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I W
Leicestershire, UK322 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We visited this on a cycle tour during the day, and from a distance at night, which I would recommend doing. You can get good views of it across the water. It's quite atmospheric lit up at night.
Written June 19, 2024
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moodblu
West Valley City, UT1,436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Jefferson memorial features a 19 ft statue of Thomas Jefferson, centered in a large open-air rotunda situated on the edge of the Tidal Basin. There are quotes on the walls from the Declaration of Independence and other writings. It is in a beautiful setting, with great views of the tidal basin and various other locations in DC. I especially liked the views of the Washington Monument, across the Tidal Basin. This was one of my favorite memorials in DC.
Written May 14, 2024
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DAROHATH
Cairns, Australia1,276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was probably my favourite memorial in the Capital, mainly because of the photo opportunities in the area. Get there about an hour before sunset, just beautiful 🌅
Written May 9, 2024
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK9,822 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I walked along the Tidal Basin to reach the memorial and yet again, another fine example of Neo Classical architecture.
I'd imagine at certain times of the day, the memorial can be very busy, but I was there early morning and it wasn't too crowded.
Written April 14, 2024
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Jose R
39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The Jefferson memorial is undergoing renovations so pictures from the front will be obstructed by materials and such and that’s the only reason I give it 4 stars. Construction is supposed to be completed by 2025.
Written March 17, 2024
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Cassie S
34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is a pretty cool memorial. It's one of the more underrated memorials. Sadly, the entire outside is under construction, and the elevator is out of service. But still lovely inside definitely coming back.
Written March 12, 2024
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montanapescado
Albuquerque, NM1,401 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Everything comes together to make this the most moving of all our monuments. The location, the architecture, the layout, statue, and most of all, the great words inscribed into all that beautiful marble. The magnificence can actually be overwhelming.

I recommend going at night as reading the great quotes unlight gives the whole experience a little extra glow.

If anyone says they have limited time and asks me which sights they should narrow down to, I always say the Jefferson Memorial is the one you absolutely must not miss.

Written February 17, 2024
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Erin H
97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
This is one of the most iconic monuments in Washington and it looks over the Tidal Basin and is a beautiful spot to be able to see the cherry blossoms. One can fairly easily walk to the seafood market near the wharf and enjoy fresh seafood out of a bag sitting just outside the monument. There are plenty of places to sit and gaze up at the awe inspiring edifice. Also picnic lunches or dinners are great for this as well. It's nice to go in the evening as the sun goes down and to see the monument in the day and the light. It's location is really special, so if planning to go there see how you can make your trip extra special by enjoying more time with the monument with a packed meal, or smuggling a little wine or champagne 😉
Written February 9, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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