This titan of our national heritage grew up as a poor boy on the frontier. Reading books by candlelight, whether after long hours at school or on the farm, proved invaluable to young Lincoln. He later served as a store clerk, a river trader, and a "rail-splitter" used to hard physical labor. A plain speaker for plain folks, Lincoln blended his love of the written word with a strong work ethic and pursued a legal career, then a political one from the Illinois state legislature to the U.S. Congress. Here was a man who aspired to lead a nation
The giant solemnity of Lincoln in this memorial is a perfect tribute to the man himself. Excellent views from the steps of the entire National Mall area all the way to the Capital at the other end. A tiny gift shop is available and don't miss the small gallery on the lower level with rotating and permanent exhibits related to Lincoln. (Access it from the outside at the bottom of the stairs to the left, or via elevator from the top on the left side (head left when you walk in)...bonus here that there is an elevator you can use if you're not able to use the stairs to get to the monument.
So much of our Nation's history here. The statue itself is breathtaking. I also didn't realize there is a tiny museum inside the building. If you're an American you need to come here at least once in your life. Also, the view from here is amazing as well. Good opportunities for great photos.
Definitely a bucket list item. We went at night and, while it was cold (February), the weight of history just standing there was absolutely staggering. The building is simply massive and the view across the reflecting pool is gorgeous. There is a marker where Martin Luther King gave his famous speech and standing there gives you goosebumps. To avoid crowds, though, I really would urge going at night.
Great historical monument. I go here any time I have some family in town, the whole mall is awesome. I didn't know they had a gift shop. And reading the inaugural speech and being in the presence of that kind of figure is inspiring. Great American experience. Take a moment to look up while inside the temple.
Amazing to see. I highly recommend it. (It's worth the walk up all of those stairs!) The sculptor who made this wanted to show both sides of Lincoln. Make sure if you go there that you don't just look at the front; you look at the left and right sides. You'll then see the two sides of Lincoln; war and at peace.