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Washington Monument, Washington DC

Categories: Monuments, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 5,500+ reviews on the web
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. To visit Washington Monument and other attractions in Washington DC, use our Washington DC tour planner.
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  • Spent hours at night wandering around this amazing monument the night we arrived. Great photo opportunities and a lot less people. 
  • This was a bit of a disappointment for me. It is a very tall four sided structure with a pyramidical structure at the top. Obelisks are traditionally made of single stone structures, but this monument...  read more »
  • I remember as a kid going to the top of the monument and seeing the great views. That is not possible anymore. Still a great place to get perspective of the area. 
  • Would have given it 5 stars if I could have got tickets to go up. Very hard to get tickets these days. If you do get a chance, I think late night (after dark) is the best. The chronic haze lifts off the city at night, and you can get more spectacular pictures of the night lights than anything in the daytime. The buildings/monuments on the mall are all lit at night, so it makes for some good nighttime viewing and pictures.
  • The best view of the city is at the top. Bc I live here I haven't been in a while and cannot rate the system for getting tickets and the times it was closed after the earthquake cracked the frame. When I did go up, the ride was quick and the view spectacular. The lawn around it is a great place to take the family or have a picnic with a date. There are plenty of cyclist, runners, families around to make the locale very family friendly and a wonderful place to visit.
  • Great views from the top; in the summer you can either wait in line for several hours in the morning for free tickets, or pay a small fee ($1.50 or so) and reserve them online. If you are interested in the history of the US, get a walking tour down the stairs (rather than taking the elevator) - there is a plaque for most of the states along with some history about each.
  • I couldn't believe the views we had from atop of the monument. Make sure to get in line early for your passes to go up the elevator. The time slots can go quickly.
  • Wonderful open space for everyone to visit. Great views, even if you don't take the tour. The service center was super small and very crowded. Not sure why NPS hasn't made a larger shop.
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