|View from the northeast side of the Tidal Basin|
This memorial might be my favorite of all that I've seen so far. It's very beautiful, and I know will be even more beautiful now that the cherry blossoms are starting to bloom. There's one problem though - it's far far away. From the Washington Monument, which is near the center of the National Mall, it is about a mile walk. Seeing it from afar is possibly prettier than up close, but it is definitely worth the walk.
|Approaching the memorial from the southwest Virginia side|
To get to the memorial, you need to cross a bridge over the Tidal Basin. After crossing the bridge, a path takes you to the side of the memorial facing Virginia. My family and I entered the memorial through the lower level where you'll find small exhibits telling you stories of Jefferson's history and, of course, a gift shop. Then we took an elevator up to the portico, where you'll find a 19-foot-tall, 5 ton bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson. On the interior walls are