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

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Washington Monument Tours

Built to honor the first US president, George Washington, the Washington Monument is the tallest building in DC. Reaching an impressive 555 feet (170 meters), this iconic structure is quite remarkable, as is its mirror image in the 2,029-foot-long (618-meter) Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool below. Most travelers stop to view and photograph the monument's exterior on the National Mall, but it's also possible to take a glass-walled elevator to an observation landing at the top (currently closed until spring 2019).

The Basics
It's common for visitors to combine their stop at this obelisk with visits to the other museums, monuments, and memorials that line the National Mall. Whether you explore this prominent area on a walking tour or by pedicab, bike, or coach bus, a tour guide will help you navigate the crowds, point out key Washington DC landmarks, and explain the sights' importance to United States history. You can also book a private tour of the mall for more personal attention.
  • Please note: the Washington Monument interior is currently closed to visitors while the National Park Service conducts renovations on its elevator. It's expected to reopen in spring 2019, but in the meantime, the site can still be admired from the outside.
  • When the monument is open, a limited number of free same-day tickets are available at the Washington Monument Lodge on 15th Street. To avoid the crowds, book exclusive skip-the-line tickets with Viator.
  • There are no restrooms inside the monument; instead, head to the Washington Monument Lodge.
  • Food, large bags, and beverages other than water are not allowed inside.
  • Due to security concerns, all visitors to the interior must use the monument's elevators and no one is allowed to take the stairs to the top.

How to Get to the Washington Monument
The Washington Monument is located on the National Mall, directly south of the White House and north of Tidal Basin. It's easily accessible by Metro and within walking distance of many other famous landmarks.

When to Get There
For now, timing is flexible as you can only check out the monument from the outside. Once it reopens, plan in advance to be sure you have a chance to take the memorable elevator ride to the top for 360-degree views. People line up for same-day free tickets before the ticket office opens in the morning, and advance tickets also sell out fast, especially in spring and summer.

What Else to See Nearby
The National Mall is a veritable treasure trove of historical sites. It's easy to combine your visit to the Washington Monument with stops at the World War II Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and other sites, all in one day.

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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour, Washington DC, null
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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.)

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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC, Washington DC, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC

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

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
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Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van, Washington DC, Custom Private Tours
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Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

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Explore the famous landmarks, monuments, and neighborhoods of Washington, DC on this guided, 4-hour sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a comfortable van and enjoy an ...  Read more

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

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Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

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Explore the popular monuments in Washington, DC with this guided, 3-hour tour of the National Mall at night. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an ...  Read more

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

From USD $64.00
Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour

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

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: Flexible

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Monuments of DC Segway Tour, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Monuments of DC Segway Tour

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Explore the monuments of Washington, DC, on this 2.5-hour segway tour. See the all the monuments DC National Mall has to offer, including the Jefferson ...  Read more

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

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Private Family-Friendly DC Tour by Bike, Washington DC, Segway Tours
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Private Family-Friendly DC Tour by Bike

Touring DC on bike gives you the opportunity to explore DC’s iconic monuments and museums in a personable and approachable way. With your own personal guide, ...  Read more

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

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Sunset Segway Tour of Washington DC, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Sunset Segway Tour of Washington DC

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The sunset and segways make a perfect combination on this 2.5 hour tour of Washington, DC. Ride around the National Mall to see the illuminated monuments as ...  Read more

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

From USD $75.00
Private DC Monuments at Night Biking Tour, Washington DC, Segway Tours
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Private DC Monuments at Night Biking Tour

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Bicycling among DC illuminated marble monuments is magical against the night sky. Ride stress free on the safest routes around Washington DC with your own ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 2.5 to 3.5 hrs

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DC Monuments and Memorials Pedicab Tour, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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DC Monuments and Memorials Pedicab Tour

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Enjoy the famous monuments and memorials of DC in an intimate and personally guided historical tour by pedicab. Every seat is a window seat in a pedicab - ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

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