The FDR Memorial is well worth a visit for its interesting sculptures (including one of the president in a wheelchair) even though it's a bit farther out on the shores of the Tidal Basin. There's also the semi-circular, neoclassical Thomas Jefferson Memorial between the Tidal Basin and the Potomac River and the black, angular Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Unless you have a penchant for waiting in long lines early in the morning (you have to be at the memorial at 7AM to pick up free tickets to go inside), you can pretty much skip the Washington Monument—it's best enjoyed by postcard. Plan on at least a day of exploration and pack a picnic—the grassy fields and paths of this famous park just beg for a relaxing afternoon spread in between monument hopping.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: Smithsonian