Photograph by James P. Blair

Jefferson Memorial (The Mall; phone: +1 202 619 7222)

On the shore of the Tidal Basin, the Jefferson Memorial honors the virtues of the third President. Architect John Russell Pope drew upon Jefferson’s fondness for Greek architecture when he created the design. Inside visitors will find a statue of Jefferson and panels with quotations from his writings. From the front steps there are great views of the White House and, in the spring, of the cherry blossoms.