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
Ken and Alicia Lund
A storied location that is still better in person than in photos. One thing I love every time I go is interacting with people from all over the world. A true melting pot at a shrine dedicated to freedom and equality. Other than taking in the grandeur of the statue and the gorgeous Yule marble, take note of the Gettysburg Address and second inaugural inscriptions to each side, as well as the spot on the steps where Martin Luther King, Jr. offered his "I Have a Dream Speech."
The last stop at the National Wall, for us anyway, then we headed to the Korean War Memorial. There were so many families with children running around screaming that it seemed more like a playground to me than a memorial. So my only advise would be to go early morning or late in evening just before sunset; and finally not in the summer when children are out of school. Worth the quick 30 minute stop to re-read Gettysburg speech inlaid on the wall.
Have wanted to see this for years and have finally done it. Sometimes after waiting so long to see something when you do it is a let down ? In this case it was probably better than I had expected. The statue was great and the whole atmosphere was brilliant. If you get the chance to go , do it you will not be disappointed
One of my favorite things in DC. The Lincoln Monument is really amazing. There are always tons of tourists there, but even just from the stairs you have a magnificent view of the reflecting pool. The exterior of the building is very intimidating and grand, and the inside lays the massive statue of Abe Lincoln sitting. The statue is very detailed and you can spend 10 minutes just walking around it admiring it. You can also walk around the outside which is cool because there usually aren't many people.
Alyssa Shepherd Moore
The elevator was under Repair when I visited but some very nice people helped me drag my one bag of luggage up and then down the stairs. The statue of Abraham Lincoln is breath taking. So worth the visit.