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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  • Group of 5 visited on Labor Day weekend. Ticket reservations were sold out online, but I saw that they gave out daily tickets each morning at 9 a.m. Arrived at the building at the base of the hill... 
    Group of 5 visited on Labor Day weekend. Ticket reservations were sold out online, but I saw that they gave out daily tickets each morning at 9 a.m. Arrived at the building at the base of the hill...  more »
  • My first trip to DC about fifteen years ago, I literally just drove/passed through and didn't see anything but the Treasury Building and the Monument - from afar. This trip, my sister and I were... 
    My first trip to DC about fifteen years ago, I literally just drove/passed through and didn't see anything but the Treasury Building and the Monument - from afar. This trip, my sister and I were...  more »
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  • Very cool piece of history. The elevator ride is very quick. You get great views of the National Mall from the top. Seeing the stone behind the glass is nice. The State carvings were very cool. The rangers are very knowledgeable and give you all the time you need to check out the 500 foot and 490 foot levels. Make sure you get tickets early. They are available 30 days and 1 day in advance online and morning of in person.
  • Great area to visit. It is well worth getting tickets to go to the top, educational and an amazing view! Visitors are managed well so you have plenty of room and a great experience, but that makes tickets hard to get. Book online a month in advance or queue up at the monument office 100ft away before 7am to be ‘guaranteed’ tickets for the same day. (Unless the is a group of 50 getting 6 tickets each just before you) The office is in my photo just by the tip of the shadow of the monument, marked restrooms on google maps.

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