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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. To visit Washington Monument and other attractions in Washington DC, use our Washington DC tour planner.
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  • The Washington Monument is a must see while you're in D.C. I recommend going during the day and night to see the difference in lighting.  more »
  • The Washington Monument is a must, along with the White House and Lincoln Memorial while in DC. They are renovating the elevators so you can not go up to the top but a must see any way.  more »
  • The story behind this is interesting...how they stopped construction for 22 years I believe while they argued about it. Then when they resumed, they were unable to get the same brick, so you can see t...  more »
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  • One of my favorite D.C. afternoons was at the Washington Memorial. We walked around the amazing structure, then got lunch from a halal food truck and picnicked on the Mall. (I suggest bringing a lightweight blanket in your day pack for impromptu picnics between sites.) The elevator is currently being renovated so there was no opportunity to go up to the top. The bird's eye view would have been lovely, but I was fine to see everything on foot. The food trucks offer an excellent selection and reasonable prices. The vendors on foot selling drinks are the cheapest option for water and Gatorade.
  • The monument gets a bad rap lately with it being under construction a lot. Amazing piece of architecture best viewed after sunset. If you have the opportunity to travel inside to the top, please do so at least once in your lifetime. You will not regret the amazing views.
  • By far the most visible sight in Washington, and a great navigating beacon. There is an elevator inside that goes to the top with supposedly great views. I say supposedly because the lines were far too long to actually go in. Overall, it is visually stunning from anywhere on the Mall (especially from the Lincoln Memorial) but you don't really need to interact with it to experience that. It also gets extraordinarily windy near the base: umbrellas beware.
  • This place is interesting. Tour guides are filled with fun facts about the Washington Monument. Long wait to go up but breathtaking views. If you are visiting DC this is a must see!
  • If you visitDC you must swing by the Washington Monument. It's the tallest structure in DC. If you go early in the morning or book online in advance you may go to the top. Its fee but you must reserve a spot. The views are breathtaking.