The Jefferson Memorial one of the more recognized monuments on the National Mall. While well-known, it does stand a bit away from many of the others and is situated on a very busy road. However, it is also a nice walk around the Tidal Basin to get to it. Especially when the cherry blossoms are in peak. (To learn more about this monument, I invite you to check out my "fun facts" piece about the Jefferson Memorial).
The Washington Monument
Standing in front of the Washington Monument is quite impressive at its 555 feet. Even more amazing is taking the elevator to the top and looking down upon the National Mall, Washington D.C. and beyond (when it reopens - the elevator will be closed for repairs until spring 2019). Even so, just standing beneath it is incredible. For more reading, I've also written a fun facts and history about the Washington Monument post if you're looking to learn more about this piece of architecture.
|Washington Monument at dusk|
|Taken during peak cherry blooms in 2016|
|View of the Lincoln Memorial and the famous reflecting pool found between the monuments. This photo was taken from atop the Washington Monument. Across the river is Virginia.|
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
The memorial dedicated to Franklin Delano Roosevelt is located along the western side of the Tidal Basin. It’s a walk-through style memorial with walls of quotes, statues and fountains as visitors explore FDR’s four terms.
DC War Memorial
George Mason Memorial
Another lesser-known memorial, unless you come from the area, you might not know who George Mason was or what is significance to U.S. history is (in New York, this man was not discussed in any curriculum I was taught). Here in Virginia though, he's well-known as one of America's founding fathers. Mason penned the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which served as Jefferson's inspiration as he wrote the Declaration of Independence. He's known for a lot more too. The monument was established in 2002, having been an add-on to an existing garden. It's located close to the Jefferson Memorial.
|Pool in front of the George Mason Memorial. The scenery is stunning once the cherry blossoms, magnolias and forsythia bloom.|