Time to play tourist.
Anyone who lived in DC for a while will tell you that the time to stop by the monuments is during the night. Why? Because you get to avoid all the tourists and you get to see the reflecting pool sparkle. A friend was visiting DC for the first time, so I of course had to hit all the touristy spots during the day to show him around.
I still recommend coming here during the night so you can have your one-on-one time with Lincoln, but wow, it’s been a while since I stopped by the memorials during the day. It’s still as breath-taking during the day as it is during the night.