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  • Address: Constitution Avenue, at 15th Street, National Mall, Washington D.C., USA
  • Hours: October–May: 9am–5pm; June–September: 9am–10pm
  • Admission: Free

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Washington Monument

At 555 feet (170 meters), the Washington Monument is not only the tallest building in Washington DC, it is also the tallest masonry structure in the world. Strangely, this pale obelisk needling the sky near the National Mall's west end was originally conceived as an equestrian statue to honor George Washington, the country's first president.

Inside, a glass-walled elevator quickly whisks you to an observation landing with spectacular 360-degree views. Most agree the panoramic green and marble vista of Washington DC and her rivers is well worth any wait to get up. On your way down, the elevator descends slowly, allowing passengers to see some of the 192 carved stones inserted into the interior walls that are gifts from foreign countries, all 50 states, organizations and individuals.

In the days before Sept. 11, 2001, it was possible to climb the 897 steps. Believe it or not, when the monument first opened the elevator was not considered safe for women, so while men got to ride in style to the top, women had to make the trek on foot! Security concerns today mean no one takes the stairs.

Practical Info

The Washington Monument is directly south of the White House, in the center of the National Mall. Same-day tickets for a timed entrance to the monument are available at the ticket kiosk on the monument grounds. Distribution starts at 8am; arrive early, as tickets are limited. Alternatively, tickets can be reserved in advance.

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