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The Washington Monument is an obelisk shaped building within the National Mall in Washington, D.C. built to commemorate George Washington, … See more



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Dec 31, 2022
It is impressive from the outside but even more amazing inside. The views are spectacular. Timed entry tickets are required. We were unable to secure them online because they sell out so quickly.… Full review by Andrew N
Dec 29, 2022
This was well-organized from the start. Where to go, based on our entry time, was clearly marked outside the monument. National park staff and volunteers were present letting us know how long it woul… Full review by Emily4023
Dec 28, 2022
We had no idea that you can gain access to the monument, well worth booking up for the free entry, take the lift up to the top for fantastic views over The Mall and Washington. The National Park Rang… Full review by Christopher G


Quite Remarkable
Built to honor the first US president, George Washington, the Washington Monument is the tallest building in DC. Reaching an impressive 555 feet, this iconic structure is quite remarkable, as is its mirror image in the 2,029-foot-long Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool below. Most travelers stop to view and photograph the monument's exterior on the National Mall, but it's also possible to take a glass-walled elevator to an observation landing at the top. The Basics It's common for visitors to combine their stop at this obelisk with visits to the other museums, monuments, and memorials that line the National Mall. Whether you explore this prominent area on a walking tour or by pedicab, bike, or coach bus, a tour guide will help you navigate the crowds, point out key Washington DC landmarks, and explain the sights' importance to United States history. You can also book a private tour of the mall for more personal attention. Please note: the Washington Monument interior is currently closed to visitors while the National Park Service conducts renovations on its elevator. It's expected to reopen in spring 2019, but in the meantime, the site can still be admired from the outside. When the monument is open, a limited number of free same-day tickets are available at the Washington Monument Lodge on 15th Street. To avoid the crowds, book exclusive skip-the-line tickets with Viator. There are no restrooms inside the monument; instead, head to the Washington Monument Lodge. Food, large bags, and beverages other than water are not allowed inside. Due to security concerns, all visitors to the interior must use the monument's elevators and no one is allowed to take the stairs to the top. How to Get to the Washington Monument The Washington Monument is located on the National Mall, directly south of the White House and north of Tidal Basin. It's easily accessible by Metro and within walking distance of many other famous landmarks. When to Get There For now, timing is flexible as you can only check out the monument from the outside. Once it reopens, plan in advance to be sure you have a chance to take the memorable elevator ride to the top for 360-degree views. People line up for same-day free tickets before the ticket office opens in the morning, and advance tickets also sell out fast, especially in spring and summer. What Else to See Nearby The National Mall is a veritable treasure trove of historical sites. It's easy to combine your visit to the Washington Monument with stops at the World War II Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and other sites, all in one day.
Rising Over 550 Feet
Although his birth date is somewhat obscure since the creation of Presidents Day, George Washington was born February 22, 1732, and will always be remembered as the Father of our Country. Viewed as a great leader and statesman, Washington lead the Continental Army during the American Revolution, was president of the Constitutional Convention and of course, the first President of the United states. Among the most famous landmarks clustered around Washington DC, the Washington Monument is the most prominent structure in the National Mall. Honoring George Washington, the monument was fashioned in the shape of an Egyptian obelisk, rising over 550 feet and weighing more than 90,000 tons. From up on top, visitors may enjoy a grand view of the nation's capital and sights of neighboring Virginia up to thirty miles. Although the monument tour is free to the public, tickets are required for visitation. Following a design by Robert Mills completed in 1845, the Washington National Monument Society gathered donations for a decade before construction began. Despite difficulties raising funds, the cornerstone was laid on July 4, 1848. Stalled by the Society's change in administration, the Civil War and inadequacies of the foundation, construction duties were eventually passed on to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Lt. Col. Thomas Lincoln Casey. The monument slowly came to fruition, completed 85 years after Washington's death. The Washington Monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885, one day before George Washington's birthday. Unfortunately for DC visitors, the Washington Monument was closed after experiencing damage during a magnitude 5.8 Virginia earthquake on August 22, 2011. While visitors on the observation deck were shaken by the quake and minor injuries were caused by falling mortar and pieces of stone, all visitors inside exited to safety. Damage assessments revealed cracks, displaced stones and significant damage to the structure. After reairs were completed, the monument was officially reopened on Monday, May 12, 2014, just missing Washington DC's annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Area Map Plan Your Visit - NPS

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