Jefferson Memorial — One of the Most Popular Things to Do in DC
A Jefferson Memorial Tour is one of the most popular things to do in DC. You get a spectacular view of the Tidal Basin and the Washington Monument from the steps of the Jefferson Memorial. In the interior of the Jefferson Memorial, there is a statue of Thomas Jefferson as well as many of his most famous quotations engraved into the marble walls. There are many things to do in DC, but a visit to the Jefferson Memorial should not be missed. A great way to visit the Jefferson Memorial is to include it in a DC tour by Nonpartisan Pedicab. The Jefferson Memorial is especially spectacular at twilight.
Opening Hours at Jefferson Memorial
The Jefferson Memorial is always open, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Memorial is always free to the visiting public.
Handicapped Services at the Jefferson Memorial
The Jefferson Memorial is easily accessible to people with disabilities. An elevato leads up to the inner chamber, where the statue of Jefferson stands. Handicapped parking is available 24 hours a day on Ohio Drive, the street just outside of the Jefferson Memorial. You will find a National Park Service information kiosk on the first floor, where they can provide a free wheelchair to handicapped or elderly visitors. This service is available during working hours and is always free of charge.
Getting to the Jefferson Memorial
Smithsonian Metro (on the Orange/Blue/Silver lines) is the nearest Metro station. It is approximately a mile away from Jefferson Memorial. A Capitol Bikeshare stand is also available here. A convenient way to get here is to include the Jefferson Memorial in a pedicab tour of the monuments. Nonpartisan Pedicab gives a highly recommended tour of the DC monuments and the National Mall.
Parking at the Jefferson Memorial
Parking on the National Mall is always difficult. However, there are three open air, public parking areas on Ohio Drive near the Potomac River not too far from the Jefferson Memorial. Except during the full bloom of the Cherry Blossom Festival, there is almost always available space at one of these parking areas.
Parking on the National Mall is no longer free of charge. Three hour parking is available at $2 per hour. Parking meters only accept credit cards.
Restroom Facilities at the Jefferson Memorial
The restroom is underneath the memorial near the National Park Service information kiosk and the gift shop.
Food Kiosks at the Jefferson Memorial
On the street outside the Jefferson Memorial, there is a food kiosk where you can get hot dogs, cold drinks, pretzels and other snacks. It stays open until 9:00 PM in the summer months.
Jefferson Memorial and the Tidal Basin during the Cherry Blossom Festival
The Jefferson Memorial overlooks the Tidal Basin, which is lined with cherry trees. During late March and/or early April, these trees all come into bloom at once. The entire Tidal Basin area becomes one huge sea of pink and white. The petals start to fall within a few days of full bloom. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are attracted to the Cherry Blossom Festival each year. During this time of year, visiting the Jefferson Memorial is one of the most popular things to do in DC.