Washington Monument, Washington DC

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NOTE: Washington Monument is closed indefinitely for repairs.

Standing at a height of 170 m (555 ft), Washington Monument represents the world's tallest structure made entirely from stone. Constructed in two stages between 1848 and 1884 as a memorial to George Washington, the monument at the time of its completion briefly seized the crown as the tallest building in the world. See the view for yourself by taking the tower's elevator to the top, where you'll find a small museum and a sweeping panorama of Washington, D.C. To ensure that you get to see the interior, reserve tickets ahead of time online (for a fee), or pick them up in person for no cost at the monument's lodge nearby. Put Washington Monument on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Washington DC trip planner .
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  • The Washington Monument has been in so many pictures however it is massive when you are actually near it. There is a walkway all around it which is a long walk. It stands at one end if the Reflection ...  more »
  • This is the second time I have traveled to D.C. in the last year. Both times the monument has been under renovation so you cannot experience going to the top. It's supposed to be under renovation unti...  more »
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  • The Washington Monument is an enormous 555 feet tall obelisk located in the middle of The Mall in Washington D.C. To the west you have the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflection Pool, to the east the U.S. Capital Building and directly north, you'll find the White House. You can visit the Washington Monument, climb to the top and enjoy views of the surrounding Smithsonian Museums, the national monuments and memorials that line The Mall. You can also see the greater D.C. area beyond The Mall. Alternatively, you can simply enjoy seeing the Washington monument from pretty much everywhere in this area of the city. If you want to take photos of the Washington Monument, best to position yourself in the east side in the morning so that the sun is at your back. Similarly, photos from the west side of the monument are better in the afternoon. If you simply want to take pictures from famous locations, aim for the steps of Lincoln Memorial. From here you can see the Washington Monument as well as the full reflection of this landmark in the Reflection Pool. This is neat spot to find and photograph to take, even when shooting conditions are not ideal. Note: For an interesting bit of history, when close to the Washington Monument, check out the change in colour in the monument about a third of the way up. This was due to a stoppage in construction in 1854 when government ran out of funds for the project. Continuation of the monument didn't restart until 1877 and made use of materials of a slightly different shade.
  • sad but this place is temporary closed till 2019. to honor the first president of USA, the monument was built, and it is world tallest stone structure too. few places in dc are known to everyone like capitol building- Lincoln memorial-white house and this Washington monument. this is in same national mall zone, in one straight line with capitol and Lincoln memorial. its walking distance from the capitol. while coming to dc, you can see this monument from miles away. the best pic one can get is from Lincoln memorial where the reflection of monument you can see in the reflective pool. that is an awesome view, especially at sunset time. night view of this monument is amazing.
  • The area was beautiful and there was a lot of food options, and water bottle kiosks along the way. The grass was kept well and the views were phenomenal. All of the signs around were helpful in finding our way to each land mark. Looking forward to our next chance to check out the city and the free national museums!
  • Washington Monument is the tallest building in Washington DC. Stood at 169 metres. This is the most recognizable monument in Washington DC as it always appeared in TV shows. There are regulation which mentioned that none any other building should build higher than Washington Monument in DC(District of Columbia). It took two phases of construction to complete due to financial issue. As the builder unable to find the same quarry stone used in the initial construction the monument has different hues of the stone on the bottom third.
  • Quite a sight to see. It is for sure one of the most famous landmark/monument in the world. The Washington Monument stands at about 169m tall making it hard not to see when you're walking around "The Mall". The Lincoln Memorial Building has the best view of this monument in my opinion.

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