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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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Viator Exclusive: Washington Monument Reserved Admission with DC Landmarks and Memorials Tour, ... 
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Viator Exclusive: Washington Monument Reserved Admission with DC Landmarks and Memorials Tour

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Take a 4-hour guided tour aboard a comfortable coach to catch highlights including the White House, US Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial and ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour, Washington DC, Viator Exclusive Tours
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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

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See DC's historical monuments and landmarks up close and personal on a 3-hour bike tour with an informative guide. Cruise around the National Mall to see some ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.99
DC City Tour by Bus with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch, Washington DC, Bike & Mountain Bike ... 
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DC City Tour by Bus with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch

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Beat the long entrance lines and see some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC on this full-day sightseeing extravaganza. Enjoy priority entry ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Four Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van, Washington DC, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Four Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

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Welcome to our Nation's Capitol! Washington, D.C. is home to historical memorials, monuments, great institutions and beauty that make each day a special event. ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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3 Hour Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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3 Hour Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour

Enjoy all the sites of our nation's capital from the luxury of your premium Sedan, SUV, or a 15-passenger van on a 3 hour guided tour of Washington DC. Start ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: Flexible

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Half Day Customized Private Tour of DC by Limo or Mercedes Sprinter, Washington DC, Private ... 
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Half Day Customized Private Tour of DC by Limo or Mercedes Sprinter

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Day or night, customize your itinerary from our list of the most popular sites around the greater DC area while being chauffeured like a celebrity in a stretch ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $350.00
Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up, Washington DC, Custom Private Tours
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Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

Explore the monuments at night with this 3 hour guided tour of the National Mall and its memorials. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an educational ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
3 Hour Private DC City Tour for 6 - 24 Passengers, Washington DC, Night Tours
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3 Hour Private DC City Tour for 6 - 24 Passengers

Experience DC your way!  Pick up may be from any location inside the DC Beltway including Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Bethesda, and Chevy Chase. Create ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $350.00
Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour, Washington DC, Custom Private Tours
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Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour

A private narrated tour is ideal for those who want to sit back, be chauffeured, and learn about the city at the ease of our drivers and fun tour guides. ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00
Private DC Monuments at Night Biking Tour, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private DC Monuments at Night Biking Tour

Cycle through the safest trails and bike lanes of DC with your own private guide as you experience the monuments at night! With fewer tourists and light ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $299.00

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