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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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  • From the monument to the memorial, it's must-visit place in DC. It's magnificently tall so it works as a compass for tourists. :D 
  • Like an Egyptian obelisk. Simple looking monument like a sky scrapper. Great memorial place for Americans. Washington city is very clean comparing with Newyork. 
  • An easy walk from the White House but not necessarily a must do. I did not venture to see it up close 
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  • I suggest to see it both in the day time and also night time as they both look impressive but in slightly different way. The area was breezy and cool, so it's a nice resting spot with some benches around. Did not get to the top because elevator is out of service. You also need to pre-book tickets to get to the top.
  • Possibly the most American thing I've seen in all my time in this beautiful country. The obelisk is everything I thought it would be and more, just standing next to it you can feel its imposing presence. It is the tallest structure all around so this just adds to the feeling. Despite being a popular tourist destination it isn't too crowded so perfect place to just chill for a while, may be even go through a picnic basket.
  • Great site. I have so many wonderful memories of this site because of its allure. I learned about it from this GREAT PLACE "www. SUBVERTED NATION. NET" which helped me to gain an appreciation of the monument and it's significance . MUST GO NOW!!! 100% RECOMMEND!!
  • 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.