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
Excellent place to visit and be sure to bring the kids. We had such a blast here in 2004 and have been back several times over the years. My last visit was a few months ago and took a spectacular picture across the reflecting pool. Winter time has the reflecting pool usually drained so be warned.
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.
The monument is amazing and so majestic. I love all the stairs leading up to the statue of Lincoln. It is also wheelchair accessible and for those that cannot climb all the stairs, there is an elevator that takes you up there. Restrooms are also available near the statue. While looking at the beautiful Statue you also have an awesome view of the Washington Memorial!
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.
Always peaceful and entertaining to stop and visit--even when you see it often. Rangers have always been very friendly and helpful. Sometimes, riffraff lurks around. All in all, it's one of my favorite monuments and it's worth the visit.