Spring, when the cherry blossoms are blooming, is the most popular time to visit Washington DC’s tidal basin. But winter can be just as beautiful, and certainly less crowded and more peaceful.
The Jefferson Memorial was commission by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was an admirer of the nation’s third president. The building was inspired by Rome’s Pantheon, a fitting model for a memorial to Jefferson who was a student of classical architecture. The memorial was dedicated by FDR on April 13, 1943, the 200th anniversary of Jefferson’s birth. Fifty four years later, FDR got his own memorial along the tidal basin.
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