Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Tucked away on the northwestern corner of the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C., a larger-than-life stone statue looks out over the water. This work of art is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, which honors the life and contributions of its namesake civil rights leader. The figure of Dr. King appears to emerge from the white granite Stone of Hope, which has been sliced from the stone Mountain of Despair — a reference to a line from the "I Have a Dream" speech. The picturesque location and the wall of inspirational quotes make this the ideal place to reflect on Dr. King's remarkable life of service and social justice.

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Things To Do Near Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is a place to think and honor the memory of Dr. King and his impact on society. Once you're done exploring the memorial itself, some of the country's most impressive sites are close by. Whether you're in the mood for a stroll in nature, a visit to a museum, or a walk past American architectural and cultural icons, you'll find it within 15-30 minutes on foot.

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How To Get To Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located on the northwestern corner of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. The closest parking lot is located about 0.5 miles east on Independence Avenue SW. To get there, take I-695 to Maine Avenue and head west. When the road turns onto Independence Avenue, you'll see signs for public parking.

Address

1850 West Basin Drive SW, Washington, D.C. 20024

Fee: Entry fee $0

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is a wonderful stop during a day in Washington, D.C. Whether you visit as part of a tour of the National Mall or you're coming just for the memorial, the moving design and beautiful setting make for a rewarding experience. Enjoy the outdoors on your trip by camping in an RV; it's a lovely way to enjoy the sunshine and take a break from the bustling city.