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
How to get there
  • Smithsonian • 8 min walk
  • Federal Triangle • 10 min walk
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  • justalittlebitocd
    Melbourne, Australia620 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • AZCatFan1998
    Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania271 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views
    They do a good job of limiting the amount of people in the viewing area so you get a good chance to see out of the windows. Great views of DC and they do a good job of illustrating what you are looking at. I also particularly enjoyed the pictures of what the views looked like 75+ years ago. Glad we did it. Only negatives are the line runs behind the entry times and the AC is broken but it wasn't overly warm.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Sarah C
    Ashtead, United Kingdom1,292 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views from the top
    We prebooked the tour up the monument on the day, securing an afternoon slot. When it was our time many people were being turned away so def worth doing. We were whisked up in the elevator and could wander around inside the top of the monument for as long as we liked, seeing all four aspects across the city. Amazing views and impressive architecture
    Visited September 2022
    Written August 7, 2023
  • BougieKnight
    Akron, Ohio183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see site
    The monument is legendary and a must see for our nation's history. The grounds are clean and well kept. Many paths keeps the crowds moving along. Multiple national park rangers present for assistance. Plan well in advance if you want to get the timed ticket to the top. The National Park stamp station was out of scrap paper to collect the stamping for those that forgot their national park stamp book.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 13, 2023
  • EastCoastCanada
    234 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do if you can get tickets
    Excellent history of the monument and great views of Washington. Iconic DC landmark. Visited the top of the monument in small groups due to space constraints and it was not overly crowded which I liked. However there is a lot of demand to visit the monument and there is a strict ticketing process. We lucked into tickets the day before we left Washington. Thought we would have to miss this again and had tried unsuccessfully on prior occasions to get tickets. Because of the ticketing situation I doubt I would go again, but if you can get tickets, I would definitely put this on your must do list for Washington!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2023
  • David H
    Bury, United Kingdom1,634 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    Before visiting DC this was top of my wish list. Obtaining tickets - even just one - is not easy, and I spent ages on the computer on the specified advance date. Eventually, one ticket popped up and I managed to book. Ahead of the scheduled time those in the next group need to wait in turn close to the entrance. There is no cover, so come prepared if the weather is unpleasant. Once inside you are whisked up to the top of the monument in the elevator. The views from the top are spectacular with distant panoramas in every direction and information boards pointing out all the major sites across the Capital and beyond. Well worth the free visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 17, 2023
  • harpers_thewheel
    Sheffield, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Once you’ve managed to get a ticket, definitely worth it
    Really struggled to get tickets online before we arrived. Seemed like very limited availability. So queued up on the day. Arrived at 8.45 as it opened and was about 50th in the queue. Waited 35mins and got tickets. A lot of slots had gone but still had some choice. Would recommend getting there before 8.30am Great experience otherwise. Nice lift up there. Friendly and informative staff and amazing views.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Steve Q
    Auburn, Massachusetts211 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bucket List vist to top
    Been to DC 4 times since 2014 but the monument was never opened for tourists to go to the top. Our visit this week we we're scheduled to go Tuesday 1:30pm timed ticket. Got there a little early only to be told it had to close due to air conditioning not working and too hot for tourists. They said come back the next day first thing in the morning, and they would get us in. It was an unbelievable day and not a cloud in the sky and this was the highlight of all 4 of our visits. A must do.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Dede K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A DC must!
    Always a wonderful sight! Built to honor George Washington, the United States' first president, the 555-foot marble obelisk towers over Washington, D.C. It is one of a few sites in this area where that brings that “there it is” thought to anyone who visits for the first time! Have never been up inside, but love the calmness around the exterior of the monument. A must while in DC!
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written August 21, 2023
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I W
Leicestershire, UK309 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Really wanted to go up the Washington memorial. You're supposed to be able to buy tickets online 30 days before you visit, but they weren't released, so I had to buy on the day. They're supposed to release some tickets at 10.00 the day before, but I didn't have access to check. We got to the queue at 8.45 am and they ran out of tickets about 6 people in front of us, so I'd recommend getting there before 8.30, although we were there the weekend before memorial so it might have been busier than normal in May.
Written June 19, 2024
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Deann K
Lawrence, KS6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Not worth price. We paid for what I thought was skip the line. Not true. You wait in line by time of visit and then by the time you get to the monument. I thought we would have a tour. Nope. Video on the way up and way down. Short videos at that. If you are going for the view it may be worth it. For us it was not worth the time to get there and stand in line.
Written June 17, 2024
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Rachel & Andy
344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Visited: 08/07/2023

Fabulous monument. It certainly stands out as you walk down the Washington Mall. It was nice to see it as close as we did, in lovely weather.

Small toilets and public water fountain are nearby as well, which is handy.
Written June 14, 2024
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Rodolfo B
São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil758 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
Very impressive, I have been there in 2014, then, after 10 years, I have returned to visit Washington Monument. Unfortunately, none of these times I went up, but it is an amazing place, good to take pictures. I'm sharing one to try to express the feeling of being there.
Written June 2, 2024
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daearz77
Charleston, SC524 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This monument is one of the most iconic places in all of Washington. Even driving into the city and seeing towering over its surroundings is stunning. Getting to get up close and personal with this monument is a must do in DC.
Written May 31, 2024
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BateyBoy
Cardiff86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Everything was well-organised and the staff were friendly and efficient. I particularly liked the fact that they emphasise you can stay at the top for as long as you like.
The views of Washington are breathtaking, and unique unless you're in an aircraft. There are information boards that are interesting, and even the elevator rides are interesting.
All in all a fantastic experience and a highlight of our Washington visit.
TIP: Tickets sell out almost immediately (i.e. within seconds of the 10am release time). Create a recreation.gov account well in advance and have a couple of practice runs to make sue you don't waste time on the day. Tickets are released at 10am (Washington time), 30 days before the booking date.
Written May 21, 2024
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Janice R
County Durham, UK436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We were in Washington DC for my birthday on 23rd April and walked up to this beautiful monument, wondering if you could get inside it. We are from the UK and it’s not something we had considered prior to travelling. A gentleman happened to overhear us talking and asked if we would like to have his 4 free tickets as he’d been lucky enough to not only get an allocation on line but went at 7am that day and got straight in so his other tickets were surplus to requirements. We were so grateful to him and because the entry time was immediately, I didn’t get a chance to ask his name or thank him properly. He had an accent and may have been French so if anyone knows who this person was, please pass on my most sincere thanks. It was a kind and generous thing to do and made my birthday extra special. He said someone had once done him a kindness and he wished to pay it forward. I will be sure to do the same xx
Written May 12, 2024
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moodblu
West Valley City, UT1,436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Strangely enough, we never walked right up to the Washington Monument on our US History tour, but it’s one of the things I took the most pictures of. It is SO visible all over the area. It looked different under varied light conditions, and from every angle. It is so much taller in person than it looks in any picture, movie or drawing I’ve ever seen. It beautifully stands there, tall and stalwart in its simplicity! It's a very fitting monument to the steadfast George Washington.
Written May 6, 2024
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dlenane78
Rochester, NH602 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Beautiful monument. From all sides. My favorite side is where the Lincoln memorial is with the reflection pond. It’s a beautiful view.
Written April 23, 2024
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Sila A
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We didn’t secure tickets in advance and decided to give it a try in the morning of. I read in other reviews to get there at 7am. My husband got there just after 7am on a Saturday morning in April 2024 and was about 15th in line. Rest of the family slept in and had breakfast :p We were a group of 5 but also had local friends, family of 4. If possible, we wanted to go up together. We knew he could get up to 6 tix. He asked a couple in front of him, and since they only needed 2 tix, they helped him get the extras to have 9 total for our group. I also told him to pick 11am or later slot so we’d have enough time to finish breakfast and make it there leisurely. He picked the 11:30am slot (there was also 9am and much later ones available). And it all worked out great!
Written April 21, 2024
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