Washington Monument, Washington DC

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Standing at a height of 170 m (555 ft), Washington Monument represents the world's tallest structure made entirely from stone. Constructed in two stages between 1848 and 1884 as a memorial to George Washington, the monument at the time of its completion briefly seized the crown as the tallest building in the world. See the view for yourself by taking the tower's elevator to the top, where you'll find a small museum and a sweeping panorama of Washington, D.C. To ensure that you get to see the interior, reserve tickets ahead of time online (for a fee), or pick them up in person for no cost at the monument's lodge nearby. Put Washington Monument on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Washington DC trip planner.
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  • The monument, of course, is a sight to see, and is easily seen from many places in Washington, DC. Aside from the views in all directions (if you take the elevator up) the history of its construction....  more »
  • What a spectacular monument. If you want to go up the monument, I recommend buying the tickets the day before. We didn’t know that and the tickets were all out by the time we got there.  more »
  • It's an awesome photo opp unfortunately you can't take the elevator up to the top but still a wonderful view to look at especially across the water  more »
  • Of course it’s always fun visiting the nations capital. There is a lot to see and hear. Definitely a lot of sirens, lol. Awesome place to go if you’re genuinely interested in seeing the monument and other historical sites.
  • This is one of the top ten monuments in Washington. Amazing that it was all built with bricks and very interesting to see the color change caused by the halt in work before completion. This can be viewed from so many places but the best view is to walk down the wide mall.
  • it was cool enough that we went twice. My 13 year old was on board with cutting something else out so we could go again. Go early to get the best choice of time slots.
  • This landmark is beautiful. A photographers masterpiece. We drove here just for a visit. We came early. It was crowded already. Cherry blossom festival but we still enjoy the day. Very educational place and maintained. The water feature is a plus. We will come back again.
  • Excellent pointed structure. Exquisite from up close and you take cheeky pictures from miles away. Gates around it are a bit tacky I must say. Kudos to our first president.

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