Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Located beside the Tidal Basin, this 30-foot-high granite memorial pays homage to civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Everything from its address at 1964 Independence Ave. (a reference to the year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed by Congress) to its design (which shows King…
The Smithsonian may still be closed, but you can still make time to stroll and explore the many memorials.
A leading figure of the American Civil Rights movement, this powerful monument is an inspiring testament to his legacy.
“I occasionally go here at night, sit on the steps, and just observe the reflection pool along with the Washington Monument in the night sky. I honestly think the experience is better at night. There’s usually college aged adults and small groups of tourists around even at 1am. ”
“Many people miss this hidden gem! It’s my favorite monument to explore on a nice day. You can walk to it from the Jefferson Memorial.”
“A popular memorial, the World War II Memorial was dedicated in 2004 to the 400,000-plus Americans who died during the war. A circle of 56 pilings (representing the then 56 U.S. states and territories) looks over the Rainbow Pool. At night, with lights shining, this memorial can be quite ethereal.”
“This memorial is often overlooked, but it offers a beautiful view across the basin. My tip: pack a picnic and rent some bikes and enjoy the views!”
“One of the most moving war memorials, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial – or "the Wall," as it's commonly referred to – is a long black granite wall with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who perished during the Vietnam War emblazoned on its surface.”