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Late-Night Tourists Hit The Lincoln Memorial

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:03
Now I know what many of you might be thinking, not everyone necessarily associates D.C. with being a city that doesn't sleep, but 24 hours a day, there are certain places you can visit in the nation's capital that, without fail, are always open.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:20
In fact, we're at one of them right now. It's nearing midnight, and based on the hullabaloo, you'd probably think we're, what, at a hopping club? A busy restaurant maybe? A crowded bar? Well, think again. We're actually on the west end of the National Mall, at the Lincoln Memorial. Like all the memorials on the Mall, the Lincoln Memorial is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And why is Henry Bacon's neoclassical temple such a go-to destination once the sun goes down? Well, let's hear from the people who've flocked to this particular hotspot tonight.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1

00:00:55
Yeah, I like the lighting so it really stands out among, like, darkness. I think it's pretty cool during the night.

SHEIR

00:01:02
Are you surprised at the number of people who are out and about here in the evening?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2

00:01:05
Actually, yeah, going up here, walking up here, I was like, wow, there are a lot of people up there.

SHEIR

00:01:08
It's kind of a scene.

#2

00:01:09
Yeah.

#1

00:01:10
And we appear to be the oldest.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #3

00:01:13
Don't they all have bedtimes?

SHEIR

00:01:16
What brings you to the Lincoln Memorial here at like almost midnight?

#3

00:01:19
Well, it's well lit, and I think most of the pictures of the Lincoln Memorial are at night so gotta come at night.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1

00:01:26
I think the monuments are beautiful at night. It's my favorite time to see them.

SHEIR

00:01:29
Would you say this is kind of a romantic place to come?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #4

00:01:32
I think the majority of the people here are couples are kids so...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #5

00:01:38
I'm a resident. I've been working here for one year and we, well, we like the monuments here even more in the evenings, so we really like the lighting and everything. Make it even more mysterious, special. The most beautiful is when the sun is going down and everything's turning red. That's what I like the best. We love it.

SHEIR

00:02:03
Those were some nighttime visitors to the Lincoln Memorial, just one of the memorials open 24/7 on the National Mall.
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