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Honoring American Presidents – Monuments in Washington DC

One of the reasons that you may have chosen our bus tour to Washington DC is because of an interest in American history. During our bus tour in Washington DC, you will visit several memorials and learn about the past Presidents of the USA. President’s Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Franklin Roosevelt where three of America’s most influential presidents and their monuments are a must see during your tour of Washington DC. Many of the memorials are within easy walking distance of each other, dotted around the National Mall.

One of the reasons that you may have chosen our bus tour to Washington DC is because of an interest in American history. During our bus tour in Washington DC, you will visit several memorials and learn about the past Presidents of the USA. President’s Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Franklin Roosevelt where three of America’s most influential presidents and their monuments are a must see during your tour of Washington DC. Many of the memorials are within easy walking distance of each other, dotted around the National Mall.
Our tour directors will tell you all you need to know, but have a look at the following history snippets to gain some preliminary insight on three of the most influential presidents of America:

Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial, built to honor President Abraham Lincoln is one of the most recognizable buildings in Washington DC. It has been the site of many famous speeches and protests, including being the backdrop to Martin Luther King Jnr’s “I have a Dream” speech. Located at 23rd St. NW at the west end of the National Mall, the memorial is a beautiful structure designed by architect Henry Bacon. A 19-foot statue of Lincoln sits in the centre of the memorial and the words of his Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address and inscribed on the walls. The memorial is an impressive site at night when it is lit up, this is also the time when it is the least crowded.

Jefferson Memorial
Along with the Lincoln Memorial, the memorial to US President Thomas Jefferson is one of the most visited landmarks in Washington DC. The Jefferson Memorial is located on the tidal basin and surrounded by cherry trees, which make it particularly beautiful to visit if you are taking your tour of Washington DC in spring. One of the best views of the White House can be found from the top steps of the memorial. The closest Metro station to the memorial is Smithsonian.

FDR Memorial
The memorial to President Franklin D Roosevelt honors the president who lead the United States through the Great Depression and World War II. The memorial is spread over 7.5 acres and features four outdoor rooms, representing the 12 years of Roosevelt’s presidency – FDR was the only US President to be elected four times. The memorial includes sculptures of FDR and his wife Eleanor Roosevelt and giant stones engraved with famous quotations such as “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” In recognition of FDR’s disability, the FDR Memorial is the first monument to an American President to be wheelchair accessible.

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