Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, dedicated in 1997 by President Bill Clinton, is a unique celebration of the works and times of the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). The memorial, the second memorial to President Roosevelt, consists of five outdoor rooms spread over 7.5 acres in Washington, D.C. Each room depicts a particular aspect of Roosevelt's time as president. The significant elements used in the memorial are South Dakota red granite, bronze, and over 100,000 gallons of water. As visitors venture through the memorial, they find bronze statues of FDR in his wheelchair—which he designed using a kitchen chair and tricycle wheels—depictions of his first inauguration, men standing in a breadline, a farmer and his wife struggling through the depths of the Great Depression, men sitting beside a radio listening to one of Roosevelt's "Fireside Chats," his wife Eleanor standing before a depiction of the United Nations building, and his dog "Falla." The memorial is extremely popular, with over 3 million visitors each year from across the country and worldwide.

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Things To Do Near Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Many visitors tour the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial to learn about a desperate time in U.S history, to learn how the people of the nation handled it, and to learn how a leader stepped forward to present a "New Deal" so that those struggling could see a ray of hope through a long tunnel. Artists come to the memorial to view the sculptures, the setting, and the relationships of the art to the surrounding environment. Still, others are curious to experience a time seemingly lost in shadows that obscure all but the present. Everyone comes to walk through an experience that is approachable from any direction, is viewable from any angle, is repeatable for anyone, and is symbolic of a diverse culture united through its differences.

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How To Get To Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

To reach the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial from Baltimore, travel south out of Baltimore to find Maryland Highway 295 South (MD-295 S). Follow MD-295 S for 32.58 miles, and cross the border into the District of Columbia. Once in the District of Columbia, MD-295 S becomes District of Columbia Highway 295 South (DC-295 S). Drive DC-295 S for 3.9 miles, and take exit 1B-C to the right to get onto Interstate 695 (I-695). Go for 2.3 miles, and I-695 becomes Interstate 395 South (I-395 S). Drive I-395 S for about 1 mile, and turn left at Exit 2 toward Potomac Park. Go for 0.21 miles, and turn left to get onto Ohio Drive. Once on Ohio Drive, travel only 0.06 miles and then turn left onto East Basin Road. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is 0.41 miles ahead. The roads to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial are open year-round. The site itself is available 24 hours per day, every day. 

Address

1850 West Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20002

Fee: Entry fee $0

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is a place to visit, reflect, and admire the tenacity of humans who endure even in the harshest of times and environments. Taking an RV trip into Washington, D.C., lets you stay in comfort at a nearby RV campground while using a bus, taxi, car rental, or shuttle to tour the city. A trip in an RV to the nation's capital, and visiting places like this memorial, creates memories that last a lifetime for every family member.