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Thomas Jefferson National Memorial


Thomas Jefferson National Memorial

Thomas Jefferson National Memorial

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Thomas Jefferson remains an important historical and was author of the Declaration of Independence. A statesman and visionary for the founding of a Nation. Jefferson remains a part of the study of the eras of the American Revolution, Early Republic, and National Expansion.


Authorized on June 26, 1934. Dedicated on April 13, 1943.

When to Visit:

The public may visit the Thomas Jefferson Memorial 24 hours a day. Rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm daily.

Getting There:

The memorial is part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, located at the southern end of the National Mall, adjacent to the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park. If you plan on flying into the area, there are three major airports in Washington, D.C. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport all have limousine, taxi cab, or Metro services available that will connect with the National Mall.

For visitors driving, Interstate 395 provides access to the Mall from the South. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the North. Interstate 66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29 provide access from the West while U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the East.

There are several major bicycle trails to and through Washington, D.C. For detailed information about bicycle riding in the area, consult the Bicycling Information link.

Public transportation is also a great option with Metro train and bus routes from the suburban areas surrounding the city. Check out ] the Public Transportation link for additional details.


There are no fees or permits required to visit the national memorial.

Things to Do:

Be sure to visit all of the parks located within the mall. There are also fun opportunities from Ranger Programs to sporting opportunities. Check them out now:

East Potomac Golf Course: The course is part of the National Park System and features three distinct courses with varying features and levels of difficulty.

East Potomac Tennis Center: Available year-round with both outdoor and indoor courts.

Tidal Basin Paddle Boats: View the Jefferson Memorial and Cherry Trees from the water! This is a great outing for families or a romantic choice for couples looking to soak in the sun.

East Potomac Aquatic Center: Located next to the Golf Course, this center features a heated public swimming pool.

Junior Ranger: Kids can pick up an activity book at the Visitor Center and explore the park to earn badges along the way. Once complete, the child will be certified as a Junior Ranger. Download the activity book now!


There are no lodging options on site but plenty of hotels, motels, and inns located in Washington, D.C.

Areas of Interest Outside the Park:

National Mall: Extending from the Capitol to the Washington Monument, the National Mall was envisioned as a formal park in the L'Enfant Plan.

Anacostia Park: Anacostia Park is one of Washington, DC's largest recreation areas with more than 1200 acres stretching along the Anacostia River from the Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge to the DC/Maryland border.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park: Preserving America's colorful Canal era and transportation history, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is 184.5 miles of adventure.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial: A monument for the 32nd US president features a landscape of four outdoor rooms with granite walls, statuary, inscriptions, waterfalls and thousands of plants, shrubs and trees along the famous cherry tree walk on the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park.

Lincoln Memorial: A tribute to President Lincoln and the nation during the Civil War. Features a 19-foot-high marble statue by sculptor Daniel Chester French.

Contact Info:

By Mail:
900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024

(202) 426-6841

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