Heroes of the Past: Tributes from the WWII Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial

Washington, D.C.

  • Statue of Abraham Lincoln
  • World War II Memorial Fountain
  • Kilroy engraving at the WWII Memorial.  Photo: Mack Rountree.
  • C & O Lock Keeper's House
  • Organization of American States
  • Constitution Gardens as it looks today
  • World War I and II temporary office buildings
  • Federal Reserve Building
  • Einstein Statue
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • U.S. Department of State
  • A diplomatic reception room
  • A family member leaves a rose in memory of a loved one
  • Soldiers Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Washington Monument seen from Lincoln Memorial
  • Korean Memorial from the air
  • Korean Conflict Soldier sculptures

1 hour and 30 minutes
1.6 mi
Guided by Gil


Washington is a city well known for its commemorations to presidents, prominent leaders and wars won and lost. Come join this walk of DC's most important monuments and key buildings along the tree-lined paths of Constitution Avenue. 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: from the Washington Monument to the MLK Jr. Memorial" Sidewalk around the Tidal Basin.

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. World War II Memorial

    Welcome to the World War II Memorial, dedicated to all the Americans who served in World War II, either as members of the armed forces or a…

  2. Lockkeeper's House, OAS, DAR & Red Cross

    There are four important buildings in this immediate vicinity.

  3. Constitution Gardens

    The gardens you are walking through were built over the foundations of temporary office buildings for U.S. military operations used during …

  4. Federal Reserve Building

    Since you can't help but notice this imposing building on the north side of Constitution Avenue, it is worth saying something about it.

  5. National Academy of Sciences

    The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a non-profit organization composed of the country's leading researchers. The NAS was founded in …

  6. Department of State

    The State Department was moved to this location in the run-up to World War II from its original headquarters on the grounds of the White Ho…

  7. Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    Completed in 1982, the Vietnam Memorial is in the shape of a V and built along a ramp that leads below ground level. The names of American …

  8. Lincoln Memorial

    The Lincoln Memorial is an American icon. Built on the western-most section of the Washington Mall in the 1920s, it is a major tourist attr…

  9. Korean War Veterans Memorial

    The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated on July 27, 1995, the 42nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the war. One and a half m…

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