Heroes of the Past: From the Washington Monument to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Washington, D.C.

  • Washington Monument from the Tidal Basin
  • Aerial view of the Washington Monument.  Photo: Carol Highsmith & Library of Congress.
  • U.S. flags circling the base of the Washington Monument
  • The Jefferson Memorial viewed from the Tidal Basin
  • Bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson
  • Section of FDR Memorial
  • "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope." Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at sunrise. Photo: Koru World
  • Martin Luther King Memorial seen across the Tidal Basin from the FDR Memorial

50 minutes
1.7 mi
Guided by Gil


Washington is a city well known for its commemorations to presidents, prominent leaders and wars won and lost. Come stroll from the Washington Monument to the cherry blossom path around the Tidal Basin to visit awe-inspiring vistas and historic tributes. By the end of the walk, you will have gained a comprehensive understanding of the city and a greater appreciation of American martyrs, heroes and institutions. This walk pairs nicely with my "Heroes of the Past: Tributes from the WWII Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial" Sidewalk.

About Your Guide

A native of Virginia, I am a seasoned international traveler, having lived in or traveled to over 60 countries. I enjoy bringing visitors to Washington's many famous historical, literary and artistic sites.

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Guide Points

  1. Washington Monument

    The Washington Monument is the world’s tallest obelisk (554 feet 7 11⁄32 inches). Construction started in 1848, but was halted for 23 years…

  2. Jefferson Memorial

    The Jefferson Memorial was built in the 1930s to commemorate the third president of the United States.

  3. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

    This memorial commemorates Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, and the unusual 12-year period of his presid…

  4. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

    This is the most newest memorial on the Tidal Basin, opened in August 2011. The granite statue by sculptor Lei Yixin shows the Rev. Martin …

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