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Washington Monument
Erected in honor of the nation’s first president, the Washington Monument is the tallest building in Washington DC, reaching 555 feet (169 meters) high. The white, marble obelisk is also one of the capital’s most famous structures, made even more remarkable when seen with its mirror image reflected in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

The Basics
At the Washington Monument—one of DC’s most visited and photographed—you can admire it from street level and then take an elevator to its top and enjoy the panoramic view. The monument is included on many guided sightseeing tours of DC, and is in close proximity to other attractions on the National Mall. Bike, Segway, and hop-on hop-off bus and trolley tours let you see many monuments in less time, and can help make the vast scale and number of sights in the capital more manageable.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Washington Monument is a must-see for all first-time visitors to Washington DC.
  • Entrance to the monument requires a free ticket. Reserve tickets in advance online or via phone, or pick up a same-day ticket at the nearby Washington Monument Lodge.
  • Washington DC can have extreme weather conditions. Check the forecast and dress accordingly.
  • Distances between monuments can be longer than anticipated, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • The monument is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
The Washington Monument is located in the center of the National Mall, on 15th Street NW between 15th Street and Madison Drive NW. It is easily accessible by bus, metro, or bike, and on foot from many of DC’s major attractions. Driving is not recommended, as parking in the area is extremely limited.

When to Get There
The Washington Monument is open daily from 9am to 5pm except on July 4 and December 25. The last entrance is at 4pm. Washington DC is always busy, yet spring and fall typically offer slightly smaller crowds, pleasant weather, and colorful foliage.

See the Washington Monument in a Different Light
Come evening, many monuments in Washington DC are artfully lit, highlighting the drama and craftsmanship of their construction. A nighttime tour of the Washington Monument enables you to see the structure with historical context and to appreciate the architecture with artistic illumination.
Address: Constitution Avenue at 15th Street, Washington D.C., USA
Admission: Free
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Historical & Heritage Tours

African-American History City Tour with Reserved Museum Entry

Immerse yourself in the history of African-American culture in the United States during this half-day history excursion in the Nation’s Capital. Follow the path of the first African-Americans at Jamestown through the Civil Rights movement, checking out key sites like Howard University, the vibrant neighborhood of LeDriot Park, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the M.L.K. Memorial, plus much more.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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National Monuments Sightseeing Cruise from Alexandria

See the famous monuments of Washington, DC from an entirely new perspective on this narrated sightseeing cruise. Depart from Alexandria and cruise 45-minutes to Georgetown. Then return from Georgetown back to Alexandria. Travel along the Potomac River to see the plethora of famous monuments and landmarks, with stunning reflective views of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington Monument, Arlington Memorial Bridge, and more.
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  • 45 minutes
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Bus & Minivan Tours

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Lucky Star Tour is one of the best transportation providers in Washington DC

Welcome to Lucky Star Limousine & Shuttle Service LLC. WE ARE YOUR BEST BET FOR GROUND TRANSPORTATION IN AND AROUND WASHINGTON DC METRO AREA. Lucky Star Transportation Services is a first-class provider of dependable and elegant transportation services in the Nation's Capital. our fleet operates in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. We offer transportation to and from all of the major air fields as well as major train hubs in the area. Additionally, we provide services for weddings, corporate gatherings, and private tours. We understand the needs of the corporate structure and appreciate your desire and need for the quality service for your esteemed guests. .
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Day Trips

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WASHINGTON DC FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS BUS TOUR FROM BALTIMORE

Get in the holiday spirit with these can't-miss Christmas lights in the nation’s capital.TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:• Travel through Washington, DC's streets with its twinkling lights!• Walk the grounds of Washington, DC’s famous attractions & monuments. • Stop at the Washington, D.C. Church of Jesus Christ, also known as the Mormon Temple, to explore the grounds and the visitors’ center. This impressive church and its surrounding grounds shine brightly with more than 450,000 sparkling Christmas lights. Each night, a different local musical group performs a live concert in a state-of-the-art theater.• This 4-Hour Guided Bus Tour Includes Live Tour Guide & Amazing Photo Opportunities.
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  • 3 to 9 hours
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  • 3 to 9 hours

Night Tours

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 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.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Night Tours

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.
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  • 2 to 48 hours
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  • 2 to 48 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this 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.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

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 want to get off and explore in more detail. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then hop on at any of the stops on two different routes and get to know the city with a combination of both live and audio commentary. The 2-day option includes admission to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Water Taxi Upgrade

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 (if option is selected). This is the only tour to take you into the Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). 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 a silver, gold or platinum pass, depending upon your interests.
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  • 2 to 48 hours
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  • 2 to 48 hours
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City Tours

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.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Night Tours

See DC Today Small Group Guided Moonlight Tour Of DC With Transportation

Washington, DC’s monuments and landmarks light up after dark, perfect for dramatic views and memorable photos of the capital city. Explore the sights from the National Mall to the White House and key memorials on this guided small-group night tour that includes transport between locations.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Dinner Cruises

Spirit of Washington DC Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet

Take in the city skyline during sunset in Washington DC on an all-you-can-eat buffet cruise. Board a luxury boat for a sightseeing cruise on the Potomac River with dinner and dancing while a DJ spins your favorite tunes. Pass by illuminated landmarks such as the Washington Monument and feast on a variety of delicious dishes during the cruise.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Half-day Tours

See DC Today - Small Group Guided Half Day Tour of DC With Transportation

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.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Private Day Trips

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Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York

Visit Washington, D.C., on a private, full-day trip from New York City with a chauffeured minivan that accommodates up to six passengers. Enjoy the ride in comfort and style, then spend a day exploring the capital’s most important sites. See the United States Capitol and the moving tombs of the Arlington National Cemetery, then continue to the White House and Presidential memorials. Visit the museums and monuments that line the National Mall before returning to New York.
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  • 15 hours
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  • 15 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Washington D.C. Monuments Tour

Explore the famous sites of Washington D.C. on this private, 4-hour tour. Climb aboard an air-conditioned minivan with just your group and learn more about the nation’s capital with a guide. Customize your itinerary to fit your interests, traveling to the war memorials and monuments of your choosing. Opt to see the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and more, along with D.C.’s residential neighborhoods. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Washington DC Sites at Night Bike Tour

Experience the beauty of Washington, D.C. at night on this monuments at night bike tour of the city. Check out the Jefferson, Lincoln and WWII memorials once the sun goes down and explore the Vietnam War Memorial and the National Mall at night. This popular tour offers travelers the chance to explore on two wheels after dark when monuments are less crowded.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Segway Tours

Washington DC Segway Night Tour

Glide through Washington, D.C. in the glow of the evening on this fabulous evening tour past some of the city’s most iconic monuments and memorials including The White House, the US Capitol Building, and the Washington Monument. Enjoy spectacular views of historic sites as they light the night sky. This is a truly unique way to see the city.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Night Tours

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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

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DC Monuments By Day

Suited for guests who want to get to know DC, whether it’s the only or one of many days that have in town, this guided 6 hour tour starts at 10:30 am and ends at approximately 4:30 pm outside the conveniently located National Archives building at the corner of Pennsylvania Ave and 9th Street, NW. You’ll see all the top sites like the White House and the Lincoln Memorial plus enjoy lunch at either Pentagon City Mall in the fall/winter or Georgetown plus a Potomac River Cruise in the spring/summer.Whether riding on our comfortable climate-controlled bus or getting out and walking through one of the world-famous monuments, memorials and attractions with our engaging and experienced guide, you’ll see or visit most of the best sights that DC has to offer – and maybe even still want to go out at night!
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

Experience the beauty of America's iconic capital city during this moonlit tour of Washington, D.C. by van. Make your way in a private vehicle through historic landmarks and top attractions. Visit Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and more. It's the perfect way to cap off a day of sightseeing with a relaxing tour at dusk.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

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.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Lunch Cruises

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.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sightseeing Tours

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.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Segway Tours

Sites by Segway In Washington DC

Experience Washington DC like never before on this guided small-group Segway tour. Learn about this history of the nation’s capital, and one of the most popular destinations in the US, while gliding around the city. See iconic landmarks like the United States Capitol, the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and many more — a perfect overview of the city for first-time visitors or anyone wanting to see the sites. Guided Segway training plus bottled water and snacks are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes


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