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Fearless at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

October 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC, USA — “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself” said Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his first inaugural address. This, among many other of the beloved 32nd president’s quotes, can be found on or near the statues, plaques and monuments that adorn the intimate park built in his memory. So, have no fear: the mile-long trek from the nearest Metro station may seem daunting, but visitors are sure to find peace and tranquility once they have reached the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

One of the unique features of the Memorial is how easy it is to navigate. With the intention to respect Roosevelt (who spent most of his life in a wheelchair) and those suffering from similar impairments, the architects designed clear paths and capitalized on the wide, open space. The final result is composed of an arresting stone wall, statues of the president and four outdoor vestibules, each an homage to the four exceptional terms in FDR’s presidency from 1933-1945. Nature lovers will appreciate the serenity of the space, enhanced by various water features and large trees.

Now that the sizable crowds of summer tourists have dissipated, it’s an ideal time to explore the grounds. Free to the public and open 24 hours a day throughout the year, the tranquil park usually takes no more than an hour to comb. Moreover, the Memorial makes for a pleasant, low-key evening activity and is tastefully lit up at night.

If, however, you’ve spent some time at the Memorial and are looking for a place to unwind after your visit, the nearby options don’t abound. One possibility, though, would be to eat at CityZen, an elegant dinner-only spot inside the Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC. After contemplating the achievements of one of the most revered American presidents, what better way to conclude than by sampling the remarkable culinary accomplishments of Eric Ziebold, one of the most talented chefs in the United States?

Read more about the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in our Washington DC Guide.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

The Tidal Basin, nr. Ohio Dr., SW (National Mall)

Washington, DC

(1) 202-426-6841



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