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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  • This simple monument, the first to be installed on the National Mall, towers over the city, serving as a reminder of the importance of the nation's first military leader and president. View it from a....  more
    This simple monument, the first to be installed on the National Mall, towers over the city, serving as a reminder of the importance of the nation's first military leader and president. View it from a....  more »
  • The Washington Monument is a MUST SEE in DC. It is awesome to see and up close and personal it exceeds my expectations. Take a moment to see this. It was extremely windy when we arrived, but we... 
    The Washington Monument is a MUST SEE in DC. It is awesome to see and up close and personal it exceeds my expectations. Take a moment to see this. It was extremely windy when we arrived, but we...  more »
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  • Get your tickets ahead of time. Even on a weekday there is a hefty lineup. The monument is way bigger than you think. It's quite impressive in person. Definitely an Egyptian style stone structure. The view is obviously the best part, made me appreciate DC.
  • An iconic place to see for sure. However, in my opinion, the architecture isn't breath-taking - it is pretty, but it's simply tall. The reflection pool is what is cool and known from so many movie shots. It's definitely a place to take pictures and check out, but I wouldn't put it as a "must-see" if you're time is crunched while in DC.

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