Basic Information

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is part of National Mall and Memorial Parks. The memorial is located at the intersection of Independence Avenue and West Basin Drive SW in Washington, DC, near the Tidal Basin and other iconic memorials along the National Mall.



Washington, DC is a very busy metropolitan area. Parking is at a premium throughout the entire city. It is highly recommended that you make use of the efficient public transit system (Metro rail and Metro bus). Information and schedules for Metro can be found at The memorial is about a 15-20-minute walk along Independence Avenue from the Smithsonian Metro Station.

Parking throughout the District of Columbia is restricted generally (see individual area signs for site specific closures/restrictions) from 12:00 am (midnight) to 6:00 am to facilitate cleaning and maintenance. Be sure to check posted parking signs and meters before parking in a specific location.

Private paid parking garages and lots can be found downtown north of the National Mall. Most street parking is generally restricted to two or three hours (ticketing/towing enforced). The closest street parking to the memorial is along Ohio Drive SW along the Potomac River or in Lots A, B and C located south of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

Icon of Map Showing Washington Monument


Maps and Directions

Use National Mall and Memorial Parks award-winning wayfinding system of maps and pylons to navigate your way around the National Mall.

Or visit our Directions page to find your way here by public transportation, bicycle, car, or air.

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial at night


Hours and Seasons

National Mall and Memorial Parks is open 24 hours a day. The early evening and morning hours are beautiful and tranquil times to visit.

Please visit Operating Hours and Seasons for more information on staffing, facility, and museum hours.

Visitors biking in front of Washington Monument
Ranger-led bike tour.

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Things To Do
Use the links below to discover more about visiting the iconic monument and memorial protected by National Mall and Memorial Parks. But don't stop there!

Visit our Things to Do page to discover a wide of array of activities from paddle boats and bike tours to nighttime walks with a park ranger.


Last updated: March 25, 2021

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Mailing Address:

1100 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20242


202 426-6841

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