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Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Monument / Landmark, Memorial Site, and National Park
Southwest Washington, Washington
  • Britt A.
    "Best spot to view the Tidal Basin and cherry blossoms"(9 Tips)
    Ryan T.
    "... Monument and White House. Nothing will make you prouder to be an..."(7 Tips)
    Ryan J.
    "I especially love the steps on the sides of the monument."(19 Tips)
    "The best spot to view it is from the paddle boat basin."(5 Tips)
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  • Tom M.
    Tom MilsonApril 5, 2016
    The single best monument in the USA. His momentous ambition and is met only by his self-reflection; recognising his laws could one day be barbarous and need modernisation. Jefferson is inspirational.
  • Cozmik
    CozmikDecember 3, 2011
    Another fabulous spot I've shot many weddings. Sunset/dusk the light is perfect for shooting from the steps out to the Monument with the Tidal Basin as backdrop. Be mindful of the rangers ;-)
  • Catia D.
    Catia DaSilvaNovember 28, 2016
    What a nice place to take friends, family and visitor. If you go to D.C. Don't forget to go to Thomas Jefferson. I'm a big fan of Thomas Jefferson, I like all his art works, his saying & architectures
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronJuly 21, 2012
    This memorial if ur lazy u might miss it cuz its a walk kind of out of the way of the rest but I think of the prettiest right off the water and u see all the other monuments so pretty from here
  • Things You Should Do
    Things You Should DoNovember 23, 2011
    Take the tour from Bike the Sites and ride your bike right up to the steps. Lots of fun and you easily explore all the monuments in less time than it takes walking or bussing.
  • Danielle J.
    Danielle JonesSeptember 5, 2011
    Beautiful place to be during the summer nights. If you look directly across the Potomac River, where the Jefferson statue looks towards the water, you can see the White House directly across.
    HISTORYApril 1, 2010
    President Roosevelt asked the Commission of Fine Arts about the possibility of erecting a memorial to Thomas Jefferson. Construction went from 1938-43, & Roosevelt laid the first cornerstone himself.
  • DM
    DMJuly 25, 2015
    Tourists always forget about this beautiful place because it's a little bit aside from other monuments, but you MUST see it, I'm 100% sure
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 1, 2016
    Two words: Cherry blossoms. In April, this national monument is set among fields of gorgeous pink flowers. Read more
  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinJune 18, 2015
    Public transportation and cabs are hard to come by here. Beautiful site, with a view of the White House, from the top of the steps. Walk from here to the MLK Memorial if you are looking for a cab.
  • Ryan U.
    Ryan UnderwoodJanuary 22, 2011
    TeamTRI Tip: Bask in the brilliant writings. Enjoy the majestic view and architecture. Then head down below the memorial to enjoy the special tributes and exhibits to Jefferson that many miss.
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 8, 2012
    Nicknamed "Jefferson's Muffin." Domed shape bldg is based upon a structure of Jefferson’s own design. Transcript error was noted on Declaration of Independence quote in 1972. More site info via<LINK> Read more
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongNovember 6, 2014
    Great monument with a spectacular view. Take a few moments to sit on the marble steps.
  • Scott L.
    Scott LMay 2, 2017
    Make sure to check out the bookstore and exhibits under/below the monument. Bathrooms available there too.
  • Trust for the National Mall
    We hope you enjoyed your visit to the Jefferson Memorial. Please join the Trust for the National Mall as we preserve this iconic park for future generations. Read more
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SmithMay 13, 2015
    Long walk. Take a cab, taxi, or rent a bike. The view is worth it!
  • Chris H.
    Chris HartfordJune 14, 2012
    My favorite monument in DC. Super quiet with very few people every time I go. Plus it looks like the Pantheon in Rome
  • Chris S.
    Chris SheehyJuly 6, 2015
    This is a bit out of the way being on the backside of the Basin - but is a must see monument.
  • Absolon K.
    Absolon KentAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to tour inside the memorial and downstairs to visit the educational displays.
  • Guadalupe R.
    Guadalupe RodriguezMarch 16, 2015
    I didn't get to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom but even then the monument is beautiful!
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANDecember 13, 2011
    Designed by John Russell Pope, the Memorial was built between 1939 and 1943. The bronze statue of Jefferson, added in 1947, is 19ft tall and weighs 10,000lbs.
  • Chad M.
    Chad MurrayJanuary 20, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Before the Jefferson Memorial was built, this landing was a popular beach for locals right on the tidal basin.
  • CheckOutJared
    CheckOutJaredSeptember 6, 2013
    Not quite as popular as other memorials but easily provides the best view. Try to spot the White House...
  • WorldStrides
    WorldStridesApril 8, 2011
    Interesting fact: For the official dedication, a plaster statue was installed due to a metal shortage during WWII. It wasn’t until four years later that the bronze statue was completed and installed.
  • babysmurf
    babysmurfJanuary 14, 2012
    The best spot to view it is from the paddle boat basin. In summer, rent the boat & paddle around the lake. It's beautiful!
  • Rice L.
    Rice LiuJune 5, 2015
    The most popular memorial around the basin. The facilities are very poor, but this is still a must see
  • StayArlington
    StayArlingtonSeptember 24, 2012
    The runners aren't going right by here, but it's definitely worth seeing if you're in the area.
  • Chris J.
    Chris JJune 19, 2013
    Visit in late afternoon when the sun is low if you like making photos!
  • Matt R.
    Matt RosenbergNovember 13, 2012
    Make this your last stop and check it out at night. He looks out over the Tidal Basin for some great night-time shots.
  • Close G.
    Close GitmoJanuary 11, 2012
    Jan 11(right now!): the National Day of Action Against Guantanamo & the NDAA! Join us at 1130 in Lafayette Square across from the White House. The program and march will run from Noon-2:30pm EST
  • Joseph H.
    Joseph HerringJune 27, 2011
    If you look at the back, you can get a beautiful view of Tidal Basin and the Washington Memorial.
  • Kenny T.
    Kenny TNovember 7, 2016
    Beautiful. Ride bikes and drop off right near the monument
  • Elisabeth W.
    Elisabeth WhiteSeptember 16, 2011
    It's round and has water nearby,and it's where the cherry blossoms bloom every year,so it's just great.
  • Nathan
    NathanOctober 23, 2013
    You're not allowed to practice your First Amendment at one of the Founding Father's monument/memorial.
  • Adam P.
    Adam PowersMarch 18, 2010
    go here at night, with the moon reflecting off the water. ask a friend to waltz with you on the marble--it feels magical, like you're dancing at a palace. the security guards may laugh and give advice
  • Mike H.
    Mike HopkinsApril 14, 2015
    A humbling place. Be sure to read all the inscriptions.
  • Marc D.
    Marc DupuyJanuary 13, 2016
    One of my preferred memorial in Washington DC ! Superb!
    VirginiaIsForKids.comOctober 31, 2011
    If the weather is nice, rent a pedal boat and get a great view of the Memorial!
  • DC Preservation League
    It is a major component of the city's monumental plan. Noted work of multiple architects such as John Russell Pope, Otto R. Eggers and Daniel P. Higgins, and F.L. Olmsted Jr.
  • Evan M.
    Evan McAllisterJuly 22, 2012
    Built by the Irish in 1677. It surely stands the test of time. And continues to teach the lesson that Jefferson was a giant man.
  • Bill M.
    Bill MichaelsFebruary 23, 2016
    Offers a fantastic view of the Tidal basin esoecially in the mornings !
  • Brett G.
    Brett GarwoodJuly 11, 2015
    Read the walls in the main hall. Then think about where we are as a country now. Very different language being spoken. Love this place.
  • dickwyn
    dickwynJuly 21, 2016
    You can get a good view of the Washington Monument from the front of the building
  • Christian A.
    Christian AnicieteMarch 25, 2013
    "We hold these truths to be self-evident..." Inspiring tribute to one of America's Founding Fathers!
  • cansu u.
    cansu ugurluNovember 12, 2015
    Amazing view. Unfortunately didn't had chance to visit during cherry blossoms
  • David G.
    David GannaloApril 21, 2013
    Confess your sins here and theorize business but do not perform!
  • Mike D.
    Mike DavisJune 23, 2015
    Sit down and read his words. Always a good visit after dark, too.
  • Lindsey S.
    Lindsey SmithsonApril 7, 2013
    More people need to visit the Jefferson Memorial, it is so open and the views are stunning.
  • Paul Travis K.
    Paul Travis KleinJanuary 18, 2010
    The most beautiful and serene of the monuments. Go during off peak hours to fully take in the wonder of this great man. His words echo through time.
  • Nate M.
    Nate MillsOctober 17, 2015
    Amazing memorial! Great quotes on the walls inside
  • Chevrolet
    ChevroletSeptember 21, 2010
    Did you know? This memorial's designer, John Russell Pope, had originally drawn up plans (and was turned down) for a memorial to Theodore Roosevelt for this same location.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PopovaSeptember 9, 2015
    Come at night -- less crowded and gorgeously lit.
  • Tara D.
    Tara DavissonMay 15, 2013
    Walk back clockwise along the water to catch the FDR and MLK memorials. Lovely walk.
  • Uwvie O.
    Uwvie ObodoSeptember 24, 2015
    Great view. Can't get cold on a windy day so bring a jacket
  • Claire E.
    Claire EllenJuly 19, 2015
    There's a great view of the capital from the building
  • Britt A.
    Britt AntonyMay 30, 2015
    Best spot to view the Tidal Basin and cherry blossoms
  • Anna F.
    Anna FaderNovember 28, 2015
    Take a moment to read all the quotes and reflect.
  • Karl W.
    Karl WarrenJanuary 21, 2015
    In my opinion, one of the most beautiful memorials on the Potomac
  • Maggie R.
    Maggie Rivero-GómezJanuary 6, 2016
    This memorial to Jefferson is simply stunning!
  • Jared C.
    Jared CampbellJuly 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The best pace to watch the Fourth of July fireworks.
  • Dennis Y.
    Dennis YoungApril 6, 2014
    busy and long walk but worth the view
  • Samir L.
    Samir LJune 29, 2016
    Especially awesome at sunrise / sunset. Take a run and finish up there!
  • Maynard T.
    Maynard TannOctober 8, 2014
    Visit at night or early morning. Less crowds and nice light.
  • Rachel D.
    Rachel DonovanNovember 9, 2014
    Take a stroll around the basin and see it around dusk, absolutely beautiful
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JorgensonNovember 6, 2014
    I especially love the steps on the sides of the monument.
  • Lipton Iced Tea
    Lipton Iced TeaJune 29, 2011
    After sightseeing the national monuments, venture down to the Tidal Basin for a paddleboat ride in the Potomac River!
  • Ankush S.
    Ankush SaxenaFebruary 15, 2013
    Thomas Jefferson's Memorial. A tribute to one of the founding fathers and a real historian to Virginia.
  • Lexy H.
    Lexy HaynesAugust 26, 2010
    This is beautiful in the spring when the cherry blossoms are all blooming. Makes me feel very peaceful and patriotic.
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CAugust 11, 2014
    Take a cab or a trolley tour to the memorial. It's quite a walk.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CummingsSeptember 25, 2017
    One of my favorite quotes of all time on changing government.
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 21, 2010
    Skip the long lines during the day and visit at night—when lit, this white marble memorial is even more magical! Powered by
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TaylorNovember 23, 2009
    Visit at night and take a gander across the Tidal Basin at the Washington Monument and White House. Nothing will make you prouder to be an American.
  • David L.
    David LubinJuly 31, 2017
    Don't sit on the marble benches on a cold day unless you're well-layered
  • Shane B.
    Shane BianchiniOctober 9, 2011
    Go early for a beautiful view at the Tidal Basin.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaAugust 29, 2015
    Not as packed at Lincoln but just as POPPIN. Good for workouts
  • Bethany L.
    Bethany LynnJuly 16, 2011
    I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. --Thomas Jefferson (inscription around the rotunda)
  • Peter D.
    Peter DykstraApril 16, 2013
    Great views at night!
  • Sean M.
    Sean McGrathMarch 20, 2010
    My second favorite memorial in DC. Wait for construction to finish and then relax on the steps overlooking the Potomac. Quintessential DC.
  • Caleb H.
    Caleb HaysAugust 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This is where you want to sit for the Independence Day fireworks show.
  • Going Out Guide from PostLocal
    Check in here march 29 from noon until 130 and get a free cherry blossoms map! Use #postblossoms to find us.
  • Shay
    ShayApril 12, 2015
    Beautiful sunset view.
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUJune 19, 2015
    Read, relax, and people-watch on the steps. Read more
  • Фэ B.
    Фэ BeFebruary 1, 2015
    Very beautiful memorial
  • Fresko
    FreskoJanuary 11, 2016
    Its gorgeous, worth the illegal parking
  • triple
    tripleAugust 5, 2013
    TJ was da man...tapping ass and running the country. Multitasking like no other
  • Percy H.
    Percy HolmesAugust 12, 2017
    One of our most consequential presidents.
  • Jesse
    JesseJuly 2, 2013
    For a better view, use the climbing rope.
  • Ricky P.
    Ricky PottsOctober 8, 2011
    You get a sweet view of the basin from here.
  • kirstie r.
    kirstie rApril 8, 2013
    Beautiful at dusk/night.
  • Jerrry G.
    Jerrry GMarch 20, 2012
    Achtung! This is a dance free zone! You have been warned.
  • Kris W.
    Kris WhalleyJune 14, 2017
    very beautiful
  • Bradford R.
    Bradford RileyDecember 24, 2015
    Best viewed from a paddle boat.
  • Niels S.
    Niels SwimbergheMay 10, 2015
    Beautiful view!
  • Michael B.
    Michael B.August 21, 2012
    This is a nice place 2 go 2 & see a memorial.
  • John W.
    John WouJune 15, 2015
    How it all started
  • Terrence M.
    Terrence McElhaneyOctober 23, 2011
    The public restroom is gross still a DC must see.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MeadeJune 10, 2011
    Check out the Thomas Jefferson stamps on the Postal Museum website at
  • Meik L.
    Meik LoughranJuly 16, 2010
    Prettiest memorial n dc, a must see; at nights the best!
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen S. P.December 24, 2015
    Jefferson is looking directly toward the south portico of the White House.
  • Kirt F.
    Kirt FloydNovember 9, 2011
  • Peter d.
    Peter den HartogNovember 30, 2015
    So big. Really impressive
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanDecember 11, 2014
    Possibly my fave memorial on the mall.
  • Heather L.
    Heather LeBlancJuly 11, 2013
    This is by far my favorite
  • Mo C.
    Mo ChiavSeptember 21, 2013
    Awe inspiring.
  • Mike B.
    Mike BarkerOctober 4, 2014
    Visit at night.
  • Jordan C.
    Jordan CannonDecember 27, 2010
    If you go late night, you might be the only one there.
  • Anthony W.
    Anthony WillMay 31, 2011
    Too bad it's illegal to dance at TJ's memorial. Jefferson would be outraged if he were alive today.
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SchulpSeptember 5, 2011
    Ranger presentation is amazing.
  • Justin Z.
    Justin ZaleskiApril 2, 2013
    Bathrooms are Under Memorial.
  • Domyngo R.
    Domyngo RuixMay 26, 2013
    Greatest President ever.
  • Sam O.
    Sam Od1eJanuary 16, 2016
    TJ is staring down the White House
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    So moving at dusk
  • Justin W.
    Justin WongJune 3, 2013
    Why hello you magnificent gentleman
  • ian
    ianJune 8, 2011
    Ignore the sign, dance away!
  • Shutterbug C.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CoccoMay 26, 2010
    Way out of the way I would recommend some transit to get out there.
  • W_J L.
    W_J LahengkoJanuary 28, 2011
    we will visit
  • Alex
    AlexAugust 18, 2011
    Nothing beats this view of Washington at night.
  • C. F.
    C. FergyJuly 27, 2011
    They are doing repairs now.
  • John
    JohnNovember 3, 2010
    Come here to be inspired.
  • Ray
    RayOctober 5, 2010
    not the best monument. that goes to Einstein in front of nas.
  • shaun q.
    shaun quigleyNovember 27, 2010
    Great man
  • Dave H.
    Dave HNovember 20, 2009
    What an incredible tribute to a great mind.
  • Michael A.
  • ian h.
    ian hallFebruary 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Snowy rainbow on the dome today!
  • Giovanni C.
    Giovanni CajasDecember 3, 2016
    Imponente y hermoso, referente de la historia de los Estados Unidos y punto obligado de visita.
  • 김형래 H.
    김형래 Henry KimJuly 29, 2015
    미국 역사이 있어서 상당히 중요한 인물이죠? 토마스 제퍼슨. 그의 기념관입니다. 벗꽃이 만개할 때가 더 좋다고 하는데, 아주 더운 여름에 방문했지요.
  • Jean C.
    Jean CitéAugust 7, 2014
    Un lugar excelente para pasear por la tarde.
  • Артем К.
    Как было сказано в Симпсонах - всегда пуст. Действительно, человек всего-то написал Конституцию США)
  • Priscila G.
    Priscila Gomes OliveiraOctober 12, 2017
    Thomas Jefferson é uma inspiração para a humanidade. Foi um dos primeiros a defender a separação entre a igreja e o estado. Foi um dos Founding Fathers ,escritores da constituição americana.
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  • Javila
    JavilaApril 6, 2015
    El preferido de mi fiance.
  • Артём Ж.
    Артём ЖуковSeptember 5, 2016
    Не все до него доходят. Хороший вид.
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