Jefferson Memorial Parking Tips & Directions: Plan Your Trip to DC

Last Updated on December 9, 2023 by Usama

Jefferson Memorial Parking

The Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.’s National Mall sits next to landmarks, museums, and cultural attractions, making it a popular tourist destination. Luckily, free and convenient parking is available nearby. Read our guide to learn directions to the best parking locations, free lots, cheap parking options, and how to forego parking and use public transit.

The Jefferson Memorial is located at the following address: 16 E Basin Dr. SW, Washington, DC 20242, USA

Memorial Hours & Admission

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is open 24 hours a day. Rangers are available daily from 9:30 AM to 10:00 PM, except on Christmas Day, to offer interpretive programs and answer questions. While visiting the memorial is free, several activities like demonstrations, weddings, and commercial photography require a special permit.

Convenient Parking Near Jefferson Memorial

Parking options near Jefferson Memorial

Free general parking is available on Ohio Drive SW next to the Potomac River (red line), West Basin Drive (orange line), and at the Tidal Basin parking lot along Maine Ave., SW (blue circle). When parking at these lots, we recommend exploring all the memorials you encounter along the way (e.g., Washington Monument, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Franklin Roosevelt Memorial) to make the most of your time.

Alternative parking option for Jefferson Memorial

In addition to the Jefferson Memorial parking lots above, there is free parking in Lots A, B, and C (red circle) located south of the memorial.

Additional Parking Near the Memorial

Consider these commercial parking facilities if the free Thomas Jefferson Memorial parking lots above are filled up. The rates listed below are for a three-hour stay.

Address Rate Distance
1318 D Street SW $23 0.8 mi
800 9th St. SW $20 0.8 mi
901 D St. SW $21.95 0.9 mi

There may be variations in prices between parking platforms and at various times of the day. Some options above may provide free parking extensions through applications such as SpotHero.

Street Parking Near the Memorial

Several metered parking spaces are located along Dt St SW. The rate is $2.30 per hour, and the maximum stay is 2 to 3 hours. No parking is allowed here between 4 PM and 6:30 PM on weekdays as these become rush-hour lanes. Pay attention to the signs and parking meters to make sure you don’t incur a parking ticket.

Handicap Parking

There are several ADA parking spaces on East Basin Drive just below the memorial and on Home Front Dr SW, accessible from southbound 17th St near the World War II Memorial Information.

Take Public Transit to the Memorial

The nearest Metro subway station is the Smithsonian Metro Station which can be accessed by the Blue, Orange, or Silver Metro lines. Calculate your fare using Trip Planner.

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