Washington Monument Tours

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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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Address: Constitution Avenue at 15th Street, Washington D.C., USA
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Hours: October–May: 9am–5pm; June–September: 9am–10pm
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Admission: Free
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Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

Make the most of your time in Washington, D.C., on a 4-hour, private tour of the city’s highlights with a professional guide. Kick off the day at Capitol Hill, and see the important landmarks in the legislative and judicial branches of the American government. Cruise the National Mall while hearing insider stories and facts, and pause to take in some of D.C.’s most iconic monuments and museums. Finish the day with presidential views at the north gate of the White House, adjacent to the famous West Wing.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
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Private DC Tour with Customized Itinerary

Experience the history and grandeur of the nation’s capital on a private 3-hour tour. Work with your personal guide and driver to curate the ideal tour incorporating your must-see spots or rely on their local expertise to create a fascinating tour. Go inside the House and Senate Galleries and see where the nation’s laws are debated. See the White House, Supreme Court and much more. This tour is ideal for visitors looking for a personalized experience
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

See Washington, DC’s best sites light up after dark on a 3-hour, nighttime tour of the National Mall and monuments. Listen to an entertaining narrated history of the capital city, then stop to explore the most important destinations, from moving tributes to America's 20th-century wars to inspiring presidential landmarks. Take in the White House and the U.S. Capitol building at their most picturesque and get the perfect orientation and overview of Washington, DC.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC

Go sightseeing in Washington DC in the comfort of a private luxury vehicle accompanied by your own personal driver. Customize your half-day tour to your interests to take in highlights such as the US Capitol Building, Washington National Monument, Georgetown, a selection of war memorials, or one of the excellent Smithsonian museums. Your driver provides commentary about the sights, but waits with the car while you visit each destination on your own. You can stop for photo ops, or spend more time at favorite destinations—the choice is yours.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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See DC Small-Group Half Day Tour

Experience the history and culture of the nation’s capital on this comprehensive, 4-hour, small-group tour. Travel in a comfortable vehicle complete with phone chargers, umbrellas, and a flat screen TV, and see Washington DC’s monuments, museums, and memorials with a guide. See the US Capitol building, the White House, the Mall and more. Avoid the hassles of driving, or navigating public transportation and leave the logistics to your guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

See the historical sights of Washington DC with an up-close view of significant monuments on a 3-hour bike tour by comfortable cruiser. Ride an easy route over flat terrain from the National Mall to the Potomac Tidal Basin and view DC landmarks including the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial as you explore the attractions with a knowledgeable guide. Snack and bottled water included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Family-Friendly DC Tour by Bike

Experience Washington, DC’s many sights at your own pace, on a bike with a private tour. Ideal for families, the tour can be customized to suit your tastes with itineraries including kid friendly museums and splash pads. Your guide is a seasoned cyclist with deep knowledge of the best routes for an enjoyable day out. Healthy, kid friendly snacks and water are provided to keep you energized through the ride.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private DC Monuments at Night Biking Tour

DC’s monuments are especially scenic at night, when they’re brightly lit against the dark sky. See the landmarks by bike on a private, 2.5 to 3.5-hour tour with an experienced guide that includes all cycling equipment, snacks, and drinks, and follows secure bike lanes and trails for a safe, fun ride through the city.
  • Duration: 2.5 to 3.5 hrs
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  • Duration: 2.5 to 3.5 hrs
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Small-Group Sunset Electric Bike Tour in Washington DC

Ride by the most famous sites in Washington DC on a 3-hour evening e-bike tour, featuring iconic views of the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and more. Learn the history and legends behind famous attractions and get an overview of downtown on this fully narrated excursion.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Open Top Convertible Bus Tour of DC

Make the most of your trip to the US national capitol with this 3.5-hour SkyVue convertible tour of the Washington DC area. From the comfort of a SkyVue vehicle, take in panoramic views as you drive to some of the most well-known spots on America’s east coast. Stop to explore the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, US Marine Corps War Memorial, and US Air Force Memorial. Plus visit Maryland’s National Harbor, and choose to take a ride on the 180-foot (54.9-meter) Capitol Wheel (own expense).
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Discover the most popular sights in Washington, DC on this relaxing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Drive past many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — including the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, and Arlington National Cemetery, and choose where you went to get off and explore in more detail. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then hop on at any of the stops on three different routes and get to know the city with a combination of both live and audio commentary. The 2-day option includes a night tour for visiting the iconic monuments under the evening sky and admission to Madame Tussaud's Washington DC is included.
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Best of DC Including US Capitol, National Archives Reserved Access, White House and Lincoln Memorial

Beat the long entrance lines and experience some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC like an insider on this full-day sightseeing tour. Enjoy priority entry into the United States Capitol, the home of Congress. Then visit the National Archives Building, where the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are on display. In between, see the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and more.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Washington DC Holiday Lights Sightseeing Tour

See Washington DC light up for the season with a 3-hour, holiday lights sightseeing tour of the city’s most important landmarks. Visit the evergreen ‘People’s Tree’ at the U.S. Capitol, and then take in the National Christmas Tree at the White House Ellipse. Walk through the State and Territory trees that celebrate traditions from around the United States, and enjoy a festive atmosphere with a model train village, Santa’s workshop, and holiday music. Finish your tour at the Lincoln Memorial for unforgettable nighttime views of the Capitol Building and Washington Monument.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley, plus Arlington National Cemetery

Take a hop-on hop-off Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital at your own pace. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery. This is the only tour to take you into the Arlington National Cemetery. Just hop off at any stop when you want to explore, and then hop back on the trolley to continue around the city. When booking, select between a 1- and 2-day pass.
  • Duration: 2 to 16 hrs
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  • Duration: 2 to 16 hrs
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Guided Tour of Washington DC

Explore the famous landmarks and monuments of Washington, DC on this guided, 3- or 6-hour, walking and riding sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the nation’s capital. Stop at the White House and the United States Capitol, plus the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and much more. The 6-hour tour features more than 30 sites with visits to at least 12. It’s a great way to see many of DC’s popular attractions.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated, 2.5-hour sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air trolley and enjoy an educational and entertaining history of the nation’s capital while traveling past each point of interest. Take in the stunning views of an illuminated Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House and many other landmarks. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart Tour

Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC by the light of night on this guided, 2-hour, small-group sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air, electric vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous memorials and monuments, with stunning views of an illuminated Washington Monument, the White House and many other landmark locations. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington, DC by night.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Washington DC After Dark Wonder Tour

Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC by the light of night on this guided, 3-hour sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an air-conditioned minivan and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous memorials and monuments, with stunning views of an illuminated Washington Monument, the White House and many other landmark locations. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this guided, 2-hour, small-group sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a special eCruiser vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Get a glimpse of the White House and travel around and through Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian museum complex, plus a plethora of famous memorials and monuments — like the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument — and many other hotspots. This is a great way to see many of DC’s most famous landmarks.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

Explore the famous sites of Washington DC on this private, 4-hour tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then climb aboard a luxury vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining account of the US nation’s capital with a private guide. Travel around and through the plethora of famous war memorials and monuments. See the White House, the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and many other landmark locations. From DC’s residential neighborhoods to Arlington, Virginia and back, experience this comprehensive tour of the city. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Spirit of Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise

Enjoy food, fun and entertainment with a view of Washington, DC on this narrated, 2-hour lunch cruise along the Potomac River. On board the elegant Spirit of Washington, choose to cruise from three air-conditioned interior decks or the rooftop lounge. Either way, the view is spectacular, there’s a delicious buffet lunch to enjoy and a DJ is spinning the latest Top 40 hits on spacious dance floors. Look and listen as the captain points out DC’s fascinating history while drifting past the Washington Monument, Reagan National Airport and much more.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Washington DC Segway Tour

Embark on a trip through America’s past and present on this fascinating Segway tour of the Nation’s Capital. Glide past the city’s most iconic landmarks, monuments, and memorials. Along the way, enjoy fascinating narration that includes stories and information about each stop you’ll visit. This is a fun and unique way to see this historical city.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

Get a panoramic look at Washington DC on this sightseeing tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to the United States capital and its historical and cultural landmarks. Listen to live narration as you see dozens of attractions, such as Lincoln Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, the outside of the White House, Washington Monument and the National Mall, the Watergate building, Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian buildings.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Washington DC After Dark

There's a certain magic to Washington DC that can only be experienced at night. It's a time when the powerful Lincoln Memorial is bathed in a soft white light, and the Washington Monument, Capitol, and White House appear even more grandiose. Along with a knowledgeable local guide, take a tour of Washington DC well after the sun has gone down, and feel the buzz, magic, and pulse of America's capital by night.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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