Family Travel Guide to the Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is one of several monuments that are part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, DC. When you’re planning a family vacation to the National Mall, visit the Lincoln Memorial that serves as a tribute to Abraham Lincoln, one of the most influential and inspirational leaders in American history. Kids in the traveling party can be a “Junior Ranger” for the day to learn about all of the monuments at the National Mall as they fill out an activity booklet with trivia questions and tour the area. The Lincoln Memorial serves as a symbol of freedom and is accessible 24 hours per day.

Where to Stay
When traveling with a large family, the easiest way to get to the Lincoln Memorial is to take the Metro bus from an area hotel, or by taking the Tourmobile from one of the other sites at the National Mall and Memorial Parks. The memorial is located in Potomac Park, and within easy reach of several family-friendly hotels in the area including the Channel Inn, the Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol and the JW Marriott Washington, DC.

Channel Inn
650 Water Street SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-2400

Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol
550 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 479-4000

JW Marriott Washington, DC
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-2000

Where to Eat
Whether you’re looking for a classic American burger or a pizza place, you’ll find that many restaurants near the Lincoln Memorial are actually located inside area hotels and commerce buildings. Founding Farmers on Pennsylvania Avenue serves breakfast and brunch, and a home-style menu that caters to kids. Take the family out for lunch at the Blue Duck Tavern inside the Park Hyatt hotel for gourmet sandwiches, fresh soups and salads. If everyone’s in the mood for pizza, settle in at the Pizzeria Paradiso for the casual atmosphere and extensive pizza pie menu.

Founding Farmers
1924 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 822-8783

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 419-6755

Pizzeria Paradiso
3282 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-1245

What to Do
You’ll find a number of other historic attractions and cultural sites beyond the National Mall, and many are within walking distance or a short drive from the Lincoln Memorial. Visit the Albert Einstein Memorial to see the bronze statue of the famous scientist and inventor . Spend a few hours at the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum to see the world’s largest collection of spacecraft and aviation equipment . Kids of all ages will also enjoy the cultural and historic exhibits at the National Geographic Society.

Albert Einstein Memorial
2100 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20245
(202) 334-2000

Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue Southwest
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000

National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

National Park Service – Lincoln Memorial: Plan Your Visit