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Many of the most impressive monuments in Washington, D.C. honor important figures in American history. Here, American lore leaps out of textbooks and into real life.
Perhaps the nation’s best known monument is the striking Lincoln Memorial, which features an impressive 19-foot figure of Lincoln surrounded by a Greek temple.
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial stands beside the Tidal Basin and features four rooms representing each of the president’s elected terms.
Set in the Tidal Basin, the Jefferson Memorial commemorates the third president of the United States. Jefferson stands inside a columned rotunda reminiscent of Rome’s Pantheon.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial can be found on a four-acre site along West Potomac Park. It celebrates his Civil Rights Movement work and vision through the Stone of Hope, a sculpture of the man, and the Mountain of Despair, which visitors pass through.
The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial honors the 18th President of the United States and a Civil War general. It can be found near Capitol Hill and features Grant on horseback facing the Lincoln Memorial.
Just southwest of the Jefferson Memorial is the George Mason Memorial. Under a pergola, Mason is seated with his cane and his books.
You'll find the George Mason Memorial just inland of the Potomac River, just southwest of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Commissioned in 2000 and completed in 2002, the George Mason Memorial honors the life of an early American Founder – George Mason wrote the Virginia Deceleration of Rights, was a delegate at the Constitution Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia, and is sometimes known as the "forgotten founder."
The memorial itself is 72 feet long in the shape of a stone bench with an over-sized statue of George Mason sitting, staring out over the Potomac River with his legs crossed. While many of the other national landmarks and memorials in DC receive most of the attention, the George Mason Memorial is an ideal destination on your next visit. Drive in from Arlington and check it out.
On your next tour of Washington D.C., make plans to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
Southwest of the National Mall, the memorial is found at the West Potomac Park, not far from the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was dedicated on the 48th anniversary of his famous "I Have A Dream" speech, August 28th, 2011.
A visit to the MLK Jr. Memorial is an ideal way to spend an afternoon exploring D.C. Drive in from nearby cities like Alexandria or Arlington and take some time to experience the MLK Jr. Memorial.
The memorial was designed by prominent Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin.
Open 24 hours a day, the John Ericsson National Memorial is located at Ohio Drive and Independence Avenue SW in central Washington D.C. The memorial commemorates Swedish-born John Ericsson, an engineer and inventor known for his naval warfare designs during the Civil War.
Completed in 1927 by James Earle Fraser, the memorial showcases creator of the iron-plated USS Monitor sitting, while three other sculptures represent the idea of labor, adventure, and vision. DC visitors may reflect, take photos, and get more information at the nearby Korean War Veterans Memorial.