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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Tours

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial lies on the National Mall in Washington DC, on the edge of the Tidal Basin. The sprawling site comprises four distinct parts, portraying each of the 32nd president’s terms in office. Bronze sculptures and quotes engraved into the stone walls take visitors on a journey through FDR’s presidency and era.

The Basics
The 7.5-acre (3-hectare) memorial, opened to the public in 1997, is a fitting tribute to a man who stressed the importance of the National Park Service, saying that the “country belongs to the people.” The memorial is one of the capital’s most popular and inviting, with waterfalls; engravings of 21 famous FDR quotes; sculptures of the president, the first lady, and their beloved dog; and depictions of the difficult days of the Great Depression.

Many Washington DC city and monuments tours take in the FDR Memorial. National Park Service Rangers offer various tours as well; check the NPS website for details.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The FDR Memorial is a must-see for those with a keen interest in presidential history.
  • Entrance to the memorial is free.
  • The statues are part of the memorial’s interactive nature. You may touch the statues but please do not climb or sit on them.
  • Distances between locations on the National Mall can be a lot farther than anticipated, so wear comfortable shoes and carry water with you.
  • Washington DC can have unpredictable weather. Dress appropriately for the climate and tote an umbrella.
  • The FDR Memorial is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. The former can be borrowed from the bookstore.

How to Get There
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is located along the National Mall’s Tidal Basin and easily reached by bus, on foot, or by Metrorail. The two nearest stops are Federal Triangle and Smithsonian (on the blue, orange, and silver lines), a few blocks from the memorial. Street parking is very limited, but there is designated visitor parking on Ohio Drive, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. There is also handicapped parking available in front of the memorial on West Basin Drive.
 
When to Get There
The FDR Memorial is open to the public year-round. The best times to visit DC are in the spring and fall, when temperatures are generally mild and the summer crowds are not in full swing. Washington DC can experience extreme or unpredictable weather, so check the forecast and dress accordingly. 
 
Tidal Basin Cherry Blossoms
Every spring, DC celebrates the National Cherry Blossom Festival to commemorate the gift of cherry trees given to the nation’s capital in 1947 by Tokyo’s then-mayor Yukio Ozaki. The stunning pink blossoms reflected in the Tidal Basin are a sight to behold. Peak bloom is without a doubt the most beautiful time to visit the National Mall and the FDR Memorial, though this window varies from year to year and is quite fleeting. The buds generally open between the end of March and the first few days of April, but if possible check in advance to plan your visit.
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Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings

Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings

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Beat the long entrance lines and experience some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC like an insider on this full-day sightseeing tour. Enjoy priority entry into the United States Capitol, the home of Congress. Then visit the National Archives Building, where the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are on display. In between, see the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and more.
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Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the most popular sights in Washington, DC on this relaxing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Drive past many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — including the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, and Arlington National Cemetery, and choose where you want to get off and explore in more detail. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then hop on at any of the stops on two different routes and get to know the city with an audio commentary. The 2-day option includes admission to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.
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Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Experience the sights and sounds of Washington, DC in one day on this guided walking and riding sightseeing tour around the nation’s capital. Visit the city’s historic, iconic landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the United States Capitol, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. See and learn about the memorials of famous American leaders who helped shape the United States, like Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to name a few. Includes a seasonal Potomac River cruise.
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air trolley and enjoy an educational and entertaining history of the nation’s capital while traveling past each point of interest. Take in the stunning views of an illuminated Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, and many other landmarks. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
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Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

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Depart from the Washington DC Welcome Center and take a 90 minute Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall.
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Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

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Get a panoramic look at Washington DC on this sightseeing tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to the United States capital and its historical and cultural landmarks. Listen to live narration as you see dozens of attractions, such as Lincoln Memorial, the exterior of the White House, Washington Monument and the National Mall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian buildings.
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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

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See the historical sights of Washington DC with an up-close view of significant monuments on a bike tour by comfortable cruiser. Ride an easy route over flat terrain from the National Mall to the Potomac Tidal Basin and view DC landmarks including the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial as you explore the attractions with a knowledgeable guide.
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart Tour

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart Tour

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC by the light of night on this small-group sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air, electric vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous memorials and monuments, with stunning views of an illuminated Washington Monument, the White House and many other landmark locations. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington, DC by night.
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Washington DC Sites at Night Bike Tour

Washington DC Sites at Night Bike Tour

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Experience the beauty of Washington, D.C. at night on this monuments at night bike tour of the city. Check out the Jefferson, Lincoln and WWII memorials once the sun goes down and explore the Vietnam War Memorial and the National Mall at night. This popular tour offers travelers the chance to explore on two wheels after dark when monuments are less crowded.
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC

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Go sightseeing in Washington DC in the comfort of a private luxury vehicle accompanied by your own personal driver. Customize your half-day tour to your interests to take in highlights such as the US Capitol Building, Washington National Monument, Georgetown, a selection of war memorials, or one of the excellent Smithsonian museums. Your driver provides commentary about the sights, but waits in the car while you visit each destination on your own. You can stop for photo ops, or spend more time at favorite destinations—the choice is yours.
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Dynamite Day Tour: Small-Group DC Bus Tour

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Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

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DC After Dark Tour with Stops at Top Attractions

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Check out Washington DC’s memorials and other landmarks illuminated after dark on this evening sightseeing tour. Travel through the city by coach or open-top bus to admire the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, the US Capitol and more. Stop for photo ops, and soak up the twinkling atmosphere of the American capital at night.
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War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

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Customized, Private Guided Tour of Washington, DC

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THIS COST OF THIS TOUR IS BY GROUP. Concierge Tours ensures that all our guests, no matter the size of the group, see exactly what they want in the time they are in the Washington, DC area. A customized itinerary will be created and reviewed so that our guests know exactly what sights they will visit on the day(s) they spend on tour. Concierge Tours also caters to children! We keep them entertained and engaged during the tour.
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Morning DC Small-Group Bus Tour

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Washington DC Express Sightseeing Tour

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Morning Monuments Tour of Washington DC

Morning Monuments Tour of Washington DC

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See Washington, DC’s iconic monuments in a single morning on a 3-hour, guided tour with an experienced guide. Choose a tour that combines walking and travel by air-conditioned coach so you can cover lots of ground with time to see the DC sights up close. Hear insider stories about DC’s politicians and historic figures as you explore their moving war memorials, Presidential sites and government buildings, and get the perfect introduction to America’s capital city.
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Plus Night Tour With 2 Day Pass

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4 Hours Private Chauffeured DC Sight Seeing Tour / SUV & Sedan

4 Hours Private Chauffeured DC Sight Seeing Tour / SUV & Sedan

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Get a first class private tour with our professional chauffeurs, past major landmarks on this tour of Washington DC. Gaze at floodlit memorials and monuments, such as the magnificent Lincoln Memorial and the glow of the Jefferson Memorial reflected in the Tidal Basin. After this 4-hour sightseeing tour, you’ll understand why the nation’s capital is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities at night. Washington DC night tour by state-of-the-art luxury 5-passenger SUV Admire Washington DC’s major attractions and monuments floodlit at night Professional chauffeur will stop at each landmark so you can walk through each attraction.
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Exclusive: Cherry Blossom Bike Tour in Washington DC

Exclusive: Cherry Blossom Bike Tour in Washington DC

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This 2-hour bike tour in Washington DC celebrates the world-famous National Cherry Blossom Festival in the US' capital. Admire the blooming cherry trees as you cycle through Tidal Basin and East Potomac Park, while your friendly and knowledgeable guide fills you in on the history of this beloved festival. There's plenty of time to stop and take photos of not only the blooming trees, but such important national landmarks as the Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
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Tidal Basin: Stroll around the cherry blossoms and monuments on an audio tour

Tidal Basin: Stroll around the cherry blossoms and monuments on an audio tour

Take a stroll around the picturesque Tidal Basin, among the famous Japanese cherry trees located in Washington, DC., given as a token of friendship from Japan. On this self-guided audio tour, you'll hear the history behind the trees, what they represent, and learn about the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Along the way, you'll walk through four national memorials and the hear about the men memorialized. There are plenty of great photo opportunities on this stroll regardless of the time of year, so bring your camera. This walk is a must-do for any visitor to the capital city. Download the tour through the VoiceMap app on your phone while in a wifi zone to enjoy full offline accessibility. The tour is ready when you are, simply arrive at the start location and hit the Start Tour button when you're ready.
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Private DC Tour 4 Hour

Private DC Tour 4 Hour

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Enjoy Four-hour private tour in an air conditioned and luxury vehicle. Small group. the driver guides and stays with the vehicle at the destination.
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Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
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