D.C.’s Most Iconic Film Locations

Whether you’re simply visiting the U.S. capital or a die-hard film enthusiast, make sure to stop by these eight movie locations and experience a part of “reel” history.

Lincoln Memorial

Standing proudly as one of America’s most recognizable landmarks, the Lincoln Memorial was built in 1922 to honor the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Located at the western end of the National Mall, the monument was designed in the form of a Greek Doric temple, with a larger-than-life sculpture of a seated Lincoln inside. Here, visitors will find the inscriptions of the president’s two most well-known speeches, The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address, on the walls. The monument attracts almost six million visitors from all over the world each year.

The inscription of gratitude glows behind the sculpture of Abraham Lincoln every night.

The inscription of gratitude glows behind the sculpture of Abraham Lincoln every night.

Aerial view of the Lincoln Memorial.

Aerial view of the Lincoln Memorial.

Movies that were filmed here: The Wedding Crashers, G.I. Jane, Independence Day, Armageddon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Nixon, Night at the Museum 2, X-Men: First Class, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Thank You for Smoking

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