Historical Attractions

The Washington Monument NW Washington

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The Washington Monument
15th St. & Constitution Avenue
NW Washington
DC
20024
Tel: (202) 426-6841

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The interior opened to the public in 1888. Today, an elevator takes visitors on the 70 second trip up to the 500 foot landing for magnificent views of the city.
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    There's a special feeling you get when you take the elevator to the top of the Washington Monument and you step out on to the observation level. Windows in every direction give you a view that is without equal in the Washington, DC area.

    I booked my tour in advance (online) and that's the recommended way to make sure you can visit since walk up tickets sell out quickly every morning. Getting a ticket may not be easy but I love that they keep the crowd levels under control by only allowing so many people to visit each day.

    One floor below the observation...Read More

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    As of summer 2014 the monument is back up and running. Goodbye scaffolding! Hello fabulous photographs! An iconic part of DC not to be missed.
    European tourists you may be surprised to find, that like many US tall structures tourists frequent, you take an elevator to the top! That's right, no stairs!
    Make sure you arrive early. Tickets sell out usually by midday - they are free after all!
    And if you are wondering who all those people are playing sports around the outside....they are in social sport leagues. These are popular in DC and congregate...Read More

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    Well you definitely can't miss it, it's stands above all else to symbolize our first president. Powerful obelisk and the sound of all the flags surrounding blowing in the wind is a very peaceful sound!

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    The Washington Monument provides the best views of Washington DC and beyond. Reserve your ticket online for a very minimal fee or arrive at the monument in the morning to obtain a timed ticket. We had tickets for 8:30pm on the first re-open Friday. There is an introduction of rules outside the monument, a walk through the metal detectors and a wait for the elevator. By the time we got to the top of the monument it was about 9pm - plan accordingly. Once you reach the top there are 2 separate windows on each of the 4 sides of the monument. The views...Read More

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by Monico Havier

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There's a special feeling you get when you take the elevator to the top of the Washington Monument and you step out on to the observation level. Windows in every direction give you a view that is without equal in the Washington, DC area.

I booked my tour in advance (online) and that's the recommended way to make sure you can visit since walk up tickets sell out quickly every morning. Getting a ticket may not be easy but I love that they keep the crowd levels under control by only allowing so many people to visit each day.

One floor below the observation level is a mini museum with some artifacts, educational placards and even a few places to sit while you wait for your elevator ride down. And, speaking of the ride down, the elevator slows down every so often to let riders take a look at some of the memorial stones that are located along the inside walls.

It's an awesome tour, but it's also quick with little to do once you pass through security. On the plus side - that leaves plenty of time to see more of the National Mall. If you're a history buff (or you just like to see Washington, DC from an awesome vantage point) be sure to visit and take the tour.

by Camilla Peterson

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As of summer 2014 the monument is back up and running. Goodbye scaffolding! Hello fabulous photographs! An iconic part of DC not to be missed.
European tourists you may be surprised to find, that like many US tall structures tourists frequent, you take an elevator to the top! That's right, no stairs!
Make sure you arrive early. Tickets sell out usually by midday - they are free after all!
And if you are wondering who all those people are playing sports around the outside....they are in social sport leagues. These are popular in DC and congregate anywhere where there is grass and space to run around.

by Travelationship

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The Washington Monument provides the best views of Washington DC and beyond. Reserve your ticket online for a very minimal fee or arrive at the monument in the morning to obtain a timed ticket. We had tickets for 8:30pm on the first re-open Friday. There is an introduction of rules outside the monument, a walk through the metal detectors and a wait for the elevator. By the time we got to the top of the monument it was about 9pm - plan accordingly. Once you reach the top there are 2 separate windows on each of the 4 sides of the monument. The views are wonderful and on a good day you can see for miles. Be sure to look up and notice the blinking red light lamps, the repairs, and the awe that you are almost able to see the top point of the monument. To descend the monument you can either walk down 1 flight of stairs to reach the tiny museum section and wait for the elevator OR (once the stairs reopens) you can walk the entire flight of steps. I highly recommend walking the steps. Each state has a dedication block on the walls, and they are very different. I found the blocks to be much more interesting than the museum. If you take the elevator down you will see a handful of the blocks as they slow the elevator for short views. The stairs were not open yet and now we HAVE to go back just to see the remainder of the dedication stones because some of them looked really beautiful. The museum area is very small and quite crowded with people waiting for the down elevator. It does get quite warm in the monument. Bring your patience when visiting. Due to the compact areas and the mass of people there were quite a few cranky pants people, and the bad attitudes tend to be acerbated by the small surroundings. The museum itself is about 4-5 display boards on the materials, making of and the earthquake. Disappointingly, there was no information on Washington himself. NOTE: There is NOT a bathroom in the monument. The bathroom is located at the bottom of a short hill next to the monument. Travelationship

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