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 seen on TV does not reveal the grandeur that exists, and there you have a privileged view of the Capitol and the Jefferson Memorial.
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  • Anyone going to DC must at least walk to and around this beautiful monument. We enjoyed this very much and used the tall tower as a means of locating where we were at any given moment.  more »
  • A fantastic memorial that is worth seeing in-person. A shame at present you cannot go inside, but it is still good to look at from outside.  more »
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  • I love walking around the National Mall, and the Washington Monument is figuratively as well as literally in the middle of it all. It is an amazing view at the base of the monument looking up and all around at all of the sites in every direction. The view across the WWII memorial and reflection pool to the Lincoln Memorial is amazing, especially in a short day sunset in late fall.
  • Such a beautiful monument, and an iconic site in Washington D.C. The grounds are well-maintained, making this a great area to sit for a picnic (pack your own, or buy from one of the food trucks that are usually in the area during the day). If you get the chance to view the monuments at night, I highly suggest taking the time to do so. They are all lit up and it is a beautiful sight!
  • I visited the Washington Monument on labors day weekend. It is a must see in DC area and make sure to wear comfy shoes because there's a long walk to get to the monument itself. best time to go here is early autumn or mid spring when cherry trees blossom its a very nice place to walk and enjoy your day.
  • This was the first attraction we walked to because our son wanted to see it so badly, and it did not disappoint. I've always "known" it was tall, but seeing it in person was breathtaking. The flags surrounding it, the people walking around it looking dwarfed next to it. It was closed so we couldn't go up to the top, but just standing next to it, touching its smooth surface was incredible. Lots of great pictures and it just seemed to always be visible in the background no matter where you were.
  • Well maintained with toilets near by. Glorious views all around. It was under maintenance so we couldn't go up to the top but was still worth visiting!

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Most visitors to Washington, D.C., end up in the East End, the old downtown district containing most of the city's major cultural attractions. For a more authentic Washingtonian experience, consider staying at a smaller hotel just a little north or east of this busy area. Neighborhoods outside downtown offer less expensive accommodations and affordable street parking, as well as opportunities to meet more locals and fewer tourists. Alternatively, try a hotel in Georgetown, packed with high-end shops and Colonial architecture.
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