Washington Monument
Washington Monument
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Dedicated to the first U.S. president, this 555-foot obelisk is an iconic American symbol that stands tall in the National Mall.
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Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
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  • Smithsonian • 8 min walk
  • Federal Triangle • 10 min walk
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  • Johanna C
    113 contributions
    More Beautiful in Person
    So cool to see from so many different places in the area. Great view from the bottom, didn't go to the top. You need a reserved timed pass for that. It is 0.8 miles to the Lincoln Memorial from the base of the Washington Monument. In March 2023 the reflecting pool was drained for cleaning. While we missed seeing that, it was pretty neat to be able to walk inside it on our way back from the Lincoln Memorial.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 19, 2023
  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey3,713 contributions
    What a beautiful monument
    Though I have never been inside the monument, the Washington Monument is something you should not miss. It is so majestic and full of history, If this building could talk. Take time to walk around and really look at the structure. It is nice yo just sit on the benches and people watch. The lawns are full of people socializing and flying kites. The perfect place to relax and take everything in.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 6, 2023
  • Stefan G
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,067 contributions
    Excellent views, informative museum - tix go fast!
    Great views of DC. Small, yet insightful museum at the very top. On the way down, the elevator will pause a few times to allow you to check out some of the neat stone blocks that have engravings on them (mottos, names, state flags, etc.) that you can only see from inside the building. There are a few ways to get tickets: 30 days in advance (online); 24-hours in advance (online); same day, first-come first-served (in person). You have to be quick no matter which option you choose. No bathrooms in the building itself, but there are bathrooms in the Washington Monument Lodge (gift shop) near the base of the building along 15th St NW.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 8, 2023
  • teknoge3k
    Rocky Mount, Virginia1,553 contributions
    Amazing experience
    I used to live in DC and we've been to DC many times and have seen the Washington Monument. It's really cool to see, and also see the color variation where construction stopped. However last week for the first time in my life, we went to the top of the Washington Monument. I was lucky enough to score tickets. It did not disappoint and was one of our favorite things we did in DC. You have unlimited time at the top and it's not crowded at all. The Park Rangers are there to answer your questions and you get a birds eye view of Washington DC. I HIGHLY recommend getting tickets to go to the top of the Washington Monument if you can. It does not disappoint.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 20, 2023
  • Louise M
    Castle Rock, Colorado3,580 contributions
    Fantastic views of DC!
    While my husband and I had seen the monument many years ago, this was our first time taking the tour. We brought our granddaughter, and all of us were astounded at the views! You take the elevator to the top then after checking out the views you come down one floor to the museum. You reboard the elevator on that floor then take it down when you are ready, no rushing because your tour is over.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 26, 2023
  • TravelerTrecker
    841 contributions
    It is not my favorite monument at the National Mall; however, I like it!
    I visited the monument as part of a visit to the National Mall. I visited this site several times before and I was not impressed as it always looked not very well kept. When I visited last October, it looked different. It was very clean and well maintained. The day was beautiful and the views from even the base of monument were nice. I like it. To go to the top you have get tickets online. They are very cheap.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Scott H
    11 contributions
    Be careful getting tickets and don't take anything in there. Leave it all in your car.
    I've been to DC 40-50 times and I've never gone up so I did this time. I'm rating this based on the monument itself not the process of getting a ticket. If you want my unsolicited advice, you need to know a few things. 1) monument and other things like museums do not open till 10 am. 2) you can only fit so many people inside, so only so many tickets per day are available here. I think it's about 30 per hour? SOOOO you should go online and order tickets. Now they said order either day before, a month before or stand in line early in the am and try to get in person. For the month in advance, I tried to do this several months and unable to get any. You literally have to be there right day and minute to get it and I've never been able to figure out when that is. SO I recommend getting it day before. You need to be there the SECOND the online time opens up. Suggest you be like comic con and get two people to get online two computers and try it. Second time I tried it this way I finally was able to do it. If you go in person. Suggest getting there a couple hours early. That is not good but wait in line and then wait around till your time, which might be many hours later... good luck with that as parking near there is expensive or short. Park services people are WONDERFUL. Chatty, friendly. DO NOT bring tweezers or nail clippers or liquids. Leave all the crap in your car; they will make you leave it on the grass far from the monument or go back to your car! DO NOT do that. Inside much nicer than I thought. I thought it'd be rough but not. It's got a couple things to look at and stellar views of DC in all four directions. You'll be in an out within an hour for this. Enjoy.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Dean_Amy-2004
    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania5,827 contributions
    Plan Ahead
    You have to plan ahead if you want to go to the top; it’s VERY limited access. If you get a ticket; the views are outstanding. If you’re unable to get tickets, the view from the hill is still great. You can see the monument from so many sites around the city.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 17, 2023
  • justalittlebitocd
    Melbourne, Australia410 contributions
    Only place to view Washington from above
    First up I need to say how lucky we were to go up the top of the Washington monument. I had to get up at 2am Australia time to secure tickets. There are limited times and tickets per day. I would NOT risk coming all the way to Washington and miss out. Tickets sell 30 days in advance so make sure you save the date and time in your calendar This is the ONLY way to see Washington from above so it’s a unique opportunity. It’s a simple tour. You sit in your allotted time slots with others from your group, which means you are exposed to the elements - today we sat in the hot sun , so wear a hat Airline security measures are in place to enter as they are in most places in DC Quick lift ride up and then you get a bird’s eye view of DC . I would recommend doing this early in your visit to Washington so that you get lay of the land. It really is planned out very cleverly. There is a little museum at the top and some facts on your lift ride on the way down
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Gibson and Pearl
    8 contributions
    Reflecting on the Wahington Monument
    We saw the Washington Monument from both sides at both day and night. It is beautiful. We enjoyed walking the distance to the Lincoln Memorial by the reflection pond. It was very peaceful when we were there. As with visiting anything near the Washington Mall area., wear good walking shoes. You will be walking a lot. My husband and I averaged 5.5. miles each day. We did not take any formal tours. We took a ride share service to the general area and walked from there.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
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Kristie G
Livingston, TN56 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
You can see the monument in the distance about anywhere in D.C. When you are there surrounded by the flags, it is mesmerizing. One of our favorite spots
Written February 20, 2024
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Susanbunny_8
La Verne, CA540 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is a must-see in DC! Plan ahead and get your tickets on line (free). We had lots of choices of times when we booked the day before (tho to be fair it was January). Views are amazing. You can't walk up or down the stairs anymore (like I did as a kid), but the elevator going back down slows a few time so you can see the memorial stones set into the walls. Fabulous!
Written February 19, 2024
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montanapescado
Albuquerque, NM1,262 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
It's kind of hard to get excited about a big obelisk..... unless I can climb to the top! Okay, the stairwell is closed, but there is an elevator. The view is spectacular.
Written February 18, 2024
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Rina_Ramos
Joshua, TX394 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
Just like in the movies. Beautiful reflecting pond. Monument is on a hill you can see White House, capitol, Jefferson monument and Monticello monument (I think).
Written February 18, 2024
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN2,315 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Visiting the Washington Monument was one of our highlights on our trip to D.C.! We came over Memorial Day weekend and we extremely lucky to snag two tickets for the tour (they are released on recreation.gov 30 days prior). The tour was amazing! The elevator up to the observation area was smooth and quick and it was amazing to see D.C. from the tallest structure in the city. You really get a feel for the layout in D.C. as you can see The Jefferson Memorial to the South, The Lincoln Memorial to the West, The Capitol Building to the East, and The White House to the North. We went on a cloudy day and the views were still spectacular. It was also amazing to see how the monument was constructed and getting to see the insides of the monument was a thrill. On the way back down from the observation area the elevator will randomly stop halfway down to show you many of the memorial stones that are from various states, societies, and other countries as they line the inside of the elevator shaft. That was also very interesting and it would be worth it to tour the monument again to see some more of those.

The Washington Monument is one of the most interesting national monuments and I would highly suggest trying to tour the monument if you can (tickets are grabbed up fast!). If you can't get a tour, then definitely still come here and marvel at the tallest stone structure and tallest obelisk in the world and a fitting tribute to our first president and founding father.
Written January 23, 2024
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Dreamy7174
Seattle, WA327 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
I didn't know we could go up for free. We were just walking around but saw a lot people milling at the base. I decided to go and ask the ranger how much would it cost to go up, he answered "it's free", you just need to get a ticket down at the booth and wait in line. After waiting for 15-20 minutes, we were up. The view of the the surrounding are amazing. The sun was out but chilly. It is highly recommended.
Written January 18, 2024
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zachattack01
Brampton, UK6 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
Got to go on my last day in the capital. It was beautiful and stunning, much taller than I imagined. Weather wasn’t great so didn’t take too many photos but just was a beauty on the eye and to take in
Written January 17, 2024
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Michael R
Kosciusko, MS144 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
A beautiful monument but it you want to get tickets to visit the top of the monument just know that the website for tickets is a little glitchy. Your best shot may be to go the monument the day before and try to get tickets for the next day.
Written January 16, 2024
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BF826
Birmingham, UK89 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Unfortunately, we didn’t end up getting to go into the monument as they had to close for emergency works. We were a bit disappointed as we reserved in advance, but seemed out of their control and were trying to get it back open. Unfortunately, they didn’t reopen for our time in Washington so could not try to get other tickets.
I would advise to check your emails regularly on the day of your visit as they can close very quickly, we had 12pm tickets and received the email at 11:15 when we were already on the way.
But very nice monument from the outside.
Written January 8, 2024
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professor310740
Dallas, TX82 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Even though we arrived without tickets, we got lucky because someone gave us tickets, and we were able to go on the next tour which was in in two minutes. The tickets had already been given out before 1 pm that day. They are free and you get them online. You go through security, but women with purses don't unload your stuff because you don't need to do that. We took an elevator 31 floors up. The view was great. From many different sides you could see views of the White House, the river, Lincoln Memorial, and more. On the elevator down, we saw building stones from all states used during construction for what is the talleet nonsteel structure in the US.
Written December 13, 2023
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