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Walk the mile (1.6 kilometers) from the Lincoln Memorial, past the rows of cherry trees and into the Tidal Basin area of the National Mall and you come across another pantheon-like structure dedicated to one of America’s greatest presidents and thinkers. Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States, holding office between 1801 and 1809, and the principal author of America’s Declaration of Independence.
Jefferson greatly admired the neoclassical architecture of ancient Greece, so it’s appropriate that his memorial was modeled after the Pantheon. Climb the tall, marble steps, stopping to take a breath-taking view of the White House. Then, walk through the imposing columns until you come to the 19-foot-high (six-meter), bronze statue of Jefferson. The figure, which faces north towards the White House, was designed to represent the Age of Enlightenment, and Jefferson as a philosopher and statesman.
To gain an appreciation of Jefferson’s ideals and aspirations for his country, read the different inscriptions on the interior walls. Most notable is the passage from the Declaration of Independence, but the inscriptions come from a number of other sources too, including his letters and memoirs. The inscriptions range in subject, from the right to religious freedom for all people, the need to abolish slavery, and the need for the constitution to change with the times.
A number of events are held in the National Mall’s picturesque Tidal Basin throughout the year, including jazz concerts on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial and the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in spring. For a relaxing and unique view of the Jefferson Memorial from the water, rent a paddleboat from Tidal Basin Paddle Boats on Main Avenue.
The memorial is open 24 hours a day.
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of CityCenterDC and Ford's Theater. White House and Walter E. Washington Convention Center are also within 15 minutes. Center Station is only a 4-minute walk and Gallery Place Chinatown Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lafayette Square, White House, and CityCenterDC. Ford's Theater and Walter E. Washington Convention Center are also within 15 minutes. McPherson Sq. Station is only a 2-minute walk and Center Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Geographic Society, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and White House. CityCenterDC and Warner Theatre are also within 15 minutes. McPherson Sq. Station is 7 minutes by foot and 7th St. Convention Center Station is 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Washington hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of L'Enfant Plaza and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Smithsonian Castle and Jefferson Memorial are also within 15 minutes. Smithsonian Station is 7 minutes by foot and L'Enfant Plaza Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ford's Theater and Capital One Arena. Smithsonian Institution and White House are also within 15 minutes. Center Station and Federal Triangle Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Capitol Hill, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, United States Capitol, and National Gallery of Art. National Mall and National Museum of Natural History are also within 1 mi (2 km). Federal Center Station is only a 5-minute walk and L'Enfant Plaza Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Capitol Hill, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and Museum of the Bible. Smithsonian Castle and United States Capitol are also within 15 minutes. L'Enfant Plaza Station is only a 4-minute walk and Federal Center Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Capitol Hill, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Japanese American Memorial, National Postal Museum, and Union Station Shopping Center. United States Capitol and Library of Congress are also within 1 mi (2 km). Judiciary Square Station is 7 minutes by foot and Washington Union Station is 7 minutes.