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Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Memorial Site
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)
    "The best spot to view it is from the paddle boat basin."(5 Tips)
    Ryan J.
    "I especially love the steps on the sides of the monument."(19 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.
    Upvoted May 30
  • 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 ;-)
    Upvoted May 30
  • 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.
    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.
    Upvoted May 30
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
    Make sure to check out the bookstore and exhibits under/below the monument. Bathrooms available there too.
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SmithMay 13, 2015
    Long walk. Take a cab, taxi, or rent a bike. The view is worth it!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Chris J.
    Chris JJune 19, 2013
    Visit in late afternoon when the sun is low if you like making photos!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Kenny T.
    Kenny TNovember 7, 2016
    Beautiful. Ride bikes and drop off right near the monument
    VirginiaIsForKids.comOctober 31, 2011
    If the weather is nice, rent a pedal boat and get a great view of the Memorial!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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 !
  • dickwyn
    dickwynJuly 21, 2016
    You can get a good view of the Washington Monument from the front of the building
  • 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.
  • cansu u.
    cansu ugurluNovember 12, 2015
    Amazing view. Unfortunately didn't had chance to visit during cherry blossoms
  • Christian A.
    Christian AnicieteMarch 25, 2013
    "We hold these truths to be self-evident..." Inspiring tribute to one of America's Founding Fathers!
  • David G.
    David GannaloApril 21, 2013
    Confess your sins here and theorize business but do not perform!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DavisJune 23, 2015
    Sit down and read his words. Always a good visit after dark, too.
  • Nate M.
    Nate MillsOctober 17, 2015
    Amazing memorial! Great quotes on the walls inside
  • Tara D.
    Tara DavissonMay 15, 2013
    Walk back clockwise along the water to catch the FDR and MLK memorials. Lovely walk.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PopovaSeptember 9, 2015
    Come at night -- less crowded and gorgeously lit.
  • Claire E.
    Claire EllenJuly 19, 2015
    There's a great view of the capital from the building
  • Uwvie O.
    Uwvie ObodoSeptember 24, 2015
    Great view. Can't get cold on a windy day so bring a jacket
  • Britt A.
    Britt AntonyMay 30, 2015
    Best spot to view the Tidal Basin and cherry blossoms
  • Karl W.
    Karl WarrenJanuary 21, 2015
    In my opinion, one of the most beautiful memorials on the Potomac
  • Anna F.
    Anna FaderNovember 28, 2015
    Take a moment to read all the quotes and reflect.
  • Maggie R.
    Maggie Rivero-GómezJanuary 6, 2016
    This memorial to Jefferson is simply stunning!
  • Samir L.
    Samir LJune 29, 2016
    Especially awesome at sunrise / sunset. Take a run and finish up there!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Rachel D.
    Rachel DonovanNovember 9, 2014
    Take a stroll around the basin and see it around dusk, absolutely beautiful
  • Maynard T.
    Maynard TannOctober 8, 2014
    Visit at night or early morning. Less crowds and nice light.
  • Ankush S.
    Ankush SaxenaFebruary 15, 2013
    Thomas Jefferson's Memorial. A tribute to one of the founding fathers and a real historian to Virginia.
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JorgensonNovember 6, 2014
    I especially love the steps on the sides of the monument.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CAugust 11, 2014
    Take a cab or a trolley tour to the memorial. It's quite a walk.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Peter D.
    Peter DykstraApril 16, 2013
    Great views at night!
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Caleb H.
    Caleb HaysAugust 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This is where you want to sit for the Independence Day fireworks show.
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUJune 19, 2015
    Read, relax, and people-watch on the steps. Read more
  • Фэ B.
    Фэ BeFebruary 1, 2015
    Very beautiful memorial
  • Shay
    ShayApril 12, 2015
    Beautiful sunset view.
  • triple
    tripleAugust 5, 2013
    TJ was da man...tapping ass and running the country. Multitasking like no other
  • Jesse
    JesseJuly 2, 2013
    For a better view, use the climbing rope.
  • Fresko
    FreskoJanuary 11, 2016
    Its gorgeous, worth the illegal parking
  • 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.
  • Bradford R.
    Bradford RileyDecember 24, 2015
    Best viewed from a paddle boat.
  • Kris W.
    very beautiful
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MeadeJune 10, 2011
    Check out the Thomas Jefferson stamps on the Postal Museum website at
  • Terrence M.
    Terrence McElhaneyOctober 23, 2011
    The public restroom is gross still a DC must see.
  • Michael B.
    Michael B.August 21, 2012
    This is a nice place 2 go 2 & see a memorial.
  • Niels S.
    Niels SwimbergheMay 10, 2015
    Beautiful view!
  • John W.
    John WouJune 15, 2015
    How it all started
  • Meik L.
    Meik LoughranJuly 16, 2010
    Prettiest memorial n dc, a must see; at nights the best!
  • Kirt F.
    Kirt FloydNovember 9, 2011
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen S. P.December 24, 2015
    Jefferson is looking directly toward the south portico of the White House.
  • Peter d.
    Peter den HartogNovember 30, 2015
    So big. Really impressive
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanDecember 11, 2014
    Possibly my fave memorial on the mall.
  • Jordan C.
    Jordan CannonDecember 27, 2010
    If you go late night, you might be the only one there.
  • 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)
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