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    Jefferson Memorial: Guide to the Founding Father's Mausoleum of the States

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    Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States, author and signatory of the Declaration of independence, is one of the most prominent statesmen in American history. To underline his political stature is not only the mausoleum located in Washington DC, but we remember that his face was carved on Mount Rushmore along with that of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

    So let's find out what awaits you by visiting his memorial in National Mall, what is the time of year that will allow you to take wonderful photos, advice on how to reach it and the best tours to visit the most important monuments of Washington DC.


    • Where it is and how to reach it
      • Where to park
    • What to see at the Jefferson Memorial
      • Best time of year to visit
      • Photo gallery
      • Video del Jefferson Memorial
    • Packages and Tours including the Jefferson Memorial
    • Where to sleep in the area

    Where it is and how to reach it

    The Jefferson Memorial is part of the National Mall and more specifically it is located at the end of its southern slope. Not many know that it was built in symmetry with the White House. If you look closely at the map you will notice that the residence of the American presidents is perfectly aligned with the Jefferson memorial.

    The only metro stop nearby is L'Enfant Plaza Station, served by the Blue, Green, Orange, Silver and Yellow lines, but be prepared to walk about 20 minutes to reach the Memorial.

    Where to park

    Driving to nearby Jefferson Memorial may be the more convenient option for some. The best solution in this case might be to park along the street West Basin Drive or long Ohio Drive SW where, south of the memorial, there are also some small parking lots. For both of these solutions, parking costs $ 2 per hour for a maximum of three hours. However, remember that this solution is only recommended if you want to visit only this area: for other tips, I refer you to our article on where to park in Washington.

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    What to see at the Jefferson Memorial

    A visit is particularly recommended for the view that can be enjoyed both on National Mall than on the Potomac River. There is no entrance ticket and it is always possible to access it.

    Designed by architect John Russell Pope, it was inaugurated by American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1943 on Jefferson's 200th birthday. The source of inspiration for the project was the Pantheon in Rome, since the Founding Father had a particular predilection for that architectural style.

    Inside the building is the bronze statue of the artist Rudulph Evans which depicts Jefferson holding the Declaration of Independence in his hand. Along the memorial wall you will find some famous quotes that summarize the American President's thinking on politics and religion.

    Best time of year to visit

    It may seem strange to you to recommend a time of year to visit a memorial but this is a rare (if not the only) case where going at a certain time of year will really add something to your visit. The period in question is that of cherry blossom. The Jefferson Memorial area is in fact known for hosting numerous trees that give the environment a fascinating and certainly photogenic color. For more tips on the best time to visit Washington, read our Washington climate article.

    Photo gallery

    Video del Jefferson Memorial

    Packages and Tours including the Jefferson Memorial

    If you are short on time, and want to see as many Washington attractions as possible by relying on an organized tour, you can consider this VIP package, which will allow you to have a general overview of the most important places in the American capital including the Jefferson Memorial itself. You can find more information by clicking on the link below.

    Vip tour di Washington DC

    If, on the other hand, your favorite means of transport is the bicycle, you can take a look at this tour which, in about three hours and with a dedicated guide, will take you to discover the history and secrets of the city.

    Where to sleep in the area

    If you want general advice on which are the best areas of the city to choose for your overnight stay, the advice is to read our article dedicated to where to sleep in Washington DC.

    If you want to stay as close as possible to the Jefferson Memorial, you can consider the following solutions.

    • Mandarin Oriental (1330 Maryland Avenue Southwest): a very popular luxury hotel even among the Hollywood stars who frequent the American capital. It is the closest but also the least economical solution.
    • Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol (550 C Street Southwest): Cheaper hotel but farther from the Jefferson Memorial, it still has the advantage of being in Child Plaza, as we have seen, well served by the subway.
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