Metro: Smithsonian (Blue and Orange). Walk westbound along the north side of Independence Ave. SW. After crossing 17th St. at the WWII Memorial, stay left to continue along Independence Ave. SW. After passing the D.C. War Memorial (a white, domed structure on your right), cross Independence Ave. at the crosswalk.
GPS Users: Warning! Many visitors have experienced difficulty navigating to the memorial using GPS devices. These users end up in Southeast D.C. instead of Southwest, where the memorial is located. Use the information on this page to ensure accurate navigation to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
For GPS navigation:
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is part of National Mall and Memorial Parks.
*The official address of the site is 1964 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. However, automobile traffic is prohibited from parking, stopping, or standing in areas adjacent to the memorial. Therefore, the address on West Basin Drive is more useful for visitors traveling by auto.
There is limited handicapped parking at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr., and World War II Memorials and near the Washington Monument and the Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln, Korean War Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans Memorials; otherwise, street parking is extremely scarce in Washington, D.C.
Did You Know?
This stone, embodied by the image of Dr. King emerging from the granite reflects the steadfast resolve of an entire generation to achieve a fair and honest society.