Granite obelisk made of white marble 169 meters high, erected in honor of the founding father D. Washington. It was built in the middle of the XIX century on the donations of American citizens and at the expense of private organizations. The column is surrounded by 52 spiers with flags of American states. Stairs lead to the top of the monument in several hundred steps, and an elevator is also equipped for convenience and speed.
2 15th Street Northwest, Washington
If you can, definitely try to get tickets for a tour!! You will need to get tickets in advance most likely. While we were waiting for our timed entry, the park rangers were constantly turning people away. There are a few same day tickets available .. Read more »in the morning, but they run out quickly. We were there for a holiday weekend and the rangers were telling folks without tickets to get in line at 6am at the latest for the next day.
Entering the monument is strange, you first need to go through a security check point. Once everyone in your group is through, a massive solid steel door opens and lets you inside. It’s timed to close after a certain amount of seconds. The ride up to the top is quick and the elevator is very smooth. Views out are awesome but it can be a little crowded. You might need to wait a few minutes for people to head down to the gallery floor. The ride back down is pretty cool because the elevator slows down at two points so you can view some of the engraved stones from whomever they were donated from.
Make sure to book your reservations way in advance. You can try to get same-day but honestly just spend the $1 and get timed entry reservations. Be mindful the reservations do get booked up pretty fast so leave enough time before your visit.
The fir.. Read more »st floor is absolutely stunning and ornate. The views from the top are awesome but the windows are a bit small.
For $1, definitely worth it. You have to buy your tickets in advance. The building is beautiful inside. The view is amazing, though the windows are very small. The only negative point during my tour was the blur/transparent windows system of the elev.. Read more »ator; it was not fully working and we had no good view on some particular signature stones during the way back down.
Such an iconic site in the heart of Washington DC. Whether you come by in the daytime or the night, the views of this monument are fantastic and so many chances for great pictures.
Off in the distance at night you can also get a great view of the st.. Read more »ate capitol building. Beautiful views.
5/5. Definitely check it out.
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This was an amazing building that featured a lot about us history on the inside. Would recommend getting tickets in advance and also to go on a day that had good weather and not too hot. Had to reschedule since it was too hot and it closed since they.. Read more » were fixing the ac. Top has a great view but not much at the bottom. Good for family and kids or solo.
The Washington Monument is an iconic landmark in Washington, D.C., and witnessing the fireworks display from its vicinity is a truly memorable experience. On the night of the fireworks, the Washington Monument becomes a focal point as people gather i.. Read more »n anticipation of the spectacular show. As darkness falls, the monument is beautifully illuminated, adding to the enchanting atmosphere of the event. The vibrant bursts of color in the night sky create a stunning backdrop against the monument's towering presence. The combination of the illuminated monument and the dazzling fireworks creates a sense of patriotic celebration and awe-inspiring beauty. It's an unforgettable sight that captures the spirit of the occasion and offers a unique perspective on the Washington Monument's grandeur.
Should reserve tickets before coming here. There is a small museum inside. This monument is 555 feet high. It’s not frightening if you are at the top. Pretty cool place and Friendly rangers.
It was so beautiful and we were there quite early but did not wish to wait in line, or go up on the inside. We just enjoyed the scenery and picture taking, as well as our time there! Washington DC has changed a lot since I’d been there last sev.. Read more »eral years ago and is so beautiful. We flew in and took an Uber from place to place, it was affordable and easy to get each time. I highly recommend going!
Now, parking may be a challenge, but we can’t blame the monument for that. It stands tall and proud, impressing all who lay their eyes upon it. Those magnificent flags, flying high and encircling the monument, create a breathtaking scene, remin.. Read more »ding us of the values we hold dear. 555 feet of sheer grandeur! The monument is made of marble. And not just any marble, oh no. It boasts two different colors, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to its already awe-inspiring presence. Now, can we take a moment to appreciate the pure joy of using the word “obelisk” repeatedly? Obelisk, obelisk, obelisk! It’s like a symphony of syllables that make our hearts sing.
The Washington Monument awaits, ready to provide the perfect setting for your most fabulous snapshots! You might learn a thing or two as well.
We did not get to take the ride to the top, but it's pretty amazing just being around the monument. It is beautiful and deceptively tall. Another bonus, every side has the same great view!
The Washington Monument is an absolute marvel that captures the essence of American history and ambition. Standing proudly in the heart of Washington D.C., this iconic obelisk symbolizes the nation's founding principles and pays tribute to the v.. Read more »isionary leadership of George Washington. The monument's towering presence is a testament to human ingenuity and engineering prowess. As you ascend to the observation deck, you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the city, where history and modernity coexist. The tranquil grounds surrounding the monument provide a serene escape in the midst of the bustling capital. A visit to the Washington Monument is an experience that fills you with a sense of awe and reminds you of the incredible journey that has shaped the United States into what it is today.
Absolutely stunning! You must try and get a ticket to take the elevator to the top. Your best chance is to get in line around 8:30 in the morning before they start passing them out at 9:00 AM. They give away between 200 - 250 tickets they told us in .. Read more »person today. Unless you can plan a month in advance then you can scoop up some tickets that way.
Washington Monument, oh towering monument! Raised in honor of the father of our nation, Symbol of liberty, valor, and activism, Pillar of democracy and justice in action.
Your imposing silhouette rises, Above the city that unfolds around you, High a.. Read more »bove, like a guiding light that reminds, Of the feats of history that time cannot undo.
By day, the sun caresses you with affection, And by night, the stars illuminate you, Imprinting in every line, in every wrinkle, The power and grandeur that emanate from you.
Washington Monument, oh majestic tower! Proud of you, we are, That looking at you, we fill with prose, And feel part of the nation that sustains us all.
In you, the essence of the United States is present, The liberty that pulses in our veins, And the beauty of a noble and resilient people, Who honor themselves and all those who sustain them.
Really cool spot worth a visit. Elevator ride up and down gives you a quick history lesson which then continues throughout the visit as there are plaques with information and the workers are always happy to answer any questions. It wasn't too cr.. Read more »owded which was really nice as well. Only thing is to be prepared to wait outside before being able to enter. Definitely book in advance. Security checks also required upon entry.
Wonderful structure so tall that I can see it from our flight. Central attraction of the mall. You can take the some awesome view of surroundings from the top. But you have to get the tickets 30 days before. One days advance tickets are very rarely .. Read more »available. So try for the 1 month before tickets those are easy to get. Public restrooms is near by.
Be sure to buy tickets 30 days in advance, only $1 to reserve. I was there a little early and as it was quite they let us in, you go through security and then up the lift, you arrive to the top floor to look a views, then Go downstairs to a small mus.. Read more »eum, then on the way down the lift it slows to show you old stones that were gifted during it’s construction.
Would highly recommend
Beautiful piece of American history!
Great place to walk around and relax!
Tons of museums are walkable distance from the Washington monument. You can easily send the entire day just to cover things around the monument.
Would recommend good walking s.. Read more »hoes and breathable clothes if you plan to visit on a warm day!
I would say the Washington Monument is a cool piece of architecture and an important part of the US history. However, I personally do not like its look, and I don't think it fits into the DC. I have seen the original plans for its final look, an.. Read more »d they were so much better and more beautiful.
I definitely recommend taking a tour to the top of the Monument, it is a must see. The views are beautiful, and there are nice historical exhibitions. Book the tour in advance if you can. If not, please arrive EARLY to buy same-day tickets. Selling starts 8:45, make sure to be there an hour before that. Otherwise good look. It is worth.
One of the most iconic monument in the city. You get a nice view of Lincoln memorial and capitol hill along with city view.
Must visit on a less crowded day. Get your picnic baskets and carpet with you and wind down with your favorite people around t.. Read more »his. Plenty of space for whole family.
Finding parking is tricky around the area but so is in the whole city. Plenty of food trucks near by and public restroom makes it a good place for extended hangout.
Very cool piece of history. The elevator ride is very quick. You get great views of the National Mall from the top. Seeing the stone behind the glass is nice. The State carvings were very cool.
The rangers are very knowledgeable and give you all the.. Read more » time you need to check out the 500 foot and 490 foot levels.
Make sure you get tickets early. They are available 30 days and 1 day in advance online and morning of in person.
A real piece of history!! Stopped here on my trip to DC where I visited several of these national monuments. If you want to see my other reviews of the other monuments feel free. Despite what some have heard you cannot go to the top, but it is extrem.. Read more »ely accessible and from the base you can see all the way to the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials as well as the White House!
Hands down one of the most iconic monuments in DC.
We just love this area in the National Mall so much that we got up at 4:30 am, to get some nice photos of the sunrise at the monument and they turned out great.
We came back for sunset and took som.. Read more »e really nice pictures from the reflecting pool, the orange tones look incredible.
The place was crowded, but that is expected, specially during memorial weekend.
I recommend getting the scooters around the area to move through the various memorials ?❤️?
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The Washington Monument is a sleek and tall (555ft) building in Washington, D.C. which can be noticeably visible from any place/point nearby.. I saw it from US capital building which is far from this... built to show respect for George Washington, t.. Read more »he first President of the United States. surrounding by US flags... green lawns... which make its beauty even more beautiful..great for walk, biking..from front of this US Capital Building is visible and from back of it.. Lincoln memorial is visible.. and the one side white house is situated!!..which makes it a perfect spot for the photography too....but i loved the green surrounding very much..
Great area to visit. It is well worth getting tickets to go to the top, educational and an amazing view! Visitors are managed well so you have plenty of room and a great experience, but that makes tickets hard to get. Book online a month in advance o.. Read more »r queue up at the monument office 100ft away before 7am to be ‘guaranteed’ tickets for the same day. (Unless the is a group of 50 getting 6 tickets each just before you) The office is in my photo just by the tip of the shadow of the monument, marked restrooms on google maps.
This monument is impressive and amazing to visit the grounds are really clean, a lot security around.
Great place to walk around, ride a bike, relax, take pictures and/or have lunch from the food trucks.
The structure is magnificent piece of Art, th.. Read more »e monument is more beautiful in person, I definitely recommend it to anyone.
The Washington Monument is an obelisk within the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army (1775–1784) in the American Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States (1789–1797).
Get your tickets ahead of time. Even on a weekday there is a hefty lineup. The monument is way bigger than you think. It's quite impressive in person. Definitely an Egyptian style stone structure. The view is obviously the best part, made me app.. Read more »reciate DC.
Park staff was outstanding and knowledgeable.
Not worth trying to get late tickets. Don't even think about getting into the website for 10am tickets. There are none.
You better make a reservation 6-8 months in advance.
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It’s so impressive to simply be there and use my eyes to experience the freedom and how blessed we are in this country.
The ample area to walk around, everything was incredible clean and with polices all around I also felt safe.
This is defin.. Read more »itely a place to come and I was suggest you also to bring your family if you have.
This Monument is way bigger in actual than expected. Amazing place to visit in DC and mark it in your wish list. I visited during Cherry Blossom ? festival and enjoyed kite festival as well. Couldn’t go at the top as it needs to have tickets in.. Read more » advanced. This is located in between Capitol and Lincoln Memorial. Flags around the monument make it more beautiful. Just visit, enjoy and make memories.
I haven't been to the monument since I was a child about 10 years old. It was such a beautiful view 16 years later as an adult. The size surpasses anything in the Washington DC area, the way the sun hits it in the afternoon and the overall histo.. Read more »ry of the are will blow you away. You can also go inside during business hours and enjoy some exhibits.
Dude, so good! Been a long time since I went to the top. Well worth it. Kind of exciting. Get tix at recreation.gov. look at least a few days ahead. Right now only 6 tickets at a time. Great place to make memories.
BOOK TICKETS. YOU NEED TO BOOK AT LEAST THE DAY BEFORE TO GO UP. And it is 100% worth doing. Stunning views of all the major landmarks, interesting video and exhibition with key facts. All the rangers so helpful and lovely - 10/10 tourist experience!
Who would give the Wahington Monument anything other than 5 stars!? I love our nation's Capitol, and the Washington Monument is my favorite icon. So many great memories here with my fellow Conservative friends. Picture is of my beautiful sister.
An iconic place to see for sure. However, in my opinion, the architecture isn't breath-taking - it is pretty, but it's simply tall. The reflection pool is what is cool and known from so many movie shots.
It's definitely a place to tak.. Read more »e pictures and check out, but I wouldn't put it as a "must-see" if you're time is crunched while in DC.
Excellent food. Menu is extensive and seasonal to a particularly high standard. Definitely fine dining. It can be expensive but worth it and they do different deals on different nights so it’s worth checking them out before you book. Highly rec.. Read more »ommended.
The view from the top is breathtaking. To get tickets you can go online or get there very early as they go very quick. The two tone color of the Washington Monument is very cool to see in person. The size is extremely hard to fathom standing at the b.. Read more »ase and looking up. The view across the mall and seeing the reflection in the reflection pond is very cool. It is impossible to come to DC and miss seeing it. Standing at the tippy top you can see the capital, white house, Lincoln memorial, and many other beautiful sights.
What a good experience. We had to get reservations the day before at 10am on the dot. They go fast, so make sure you are ready at that time. The monument itself is a architectural marvel. Great views. History ans staff. It was really windy when we w.. Read more »ent and the staff let us in a little earlier and we appreciated that
Made a reservation online a day before going, $1 reservation fee. Went at 9:30AM on Friday, had to wait a bit to go, but not too bad. Staff is quite friendly, really liked the descriptions by the rangers before we went up. Security check-in upon goin.. Read more »g inside, mask required too. Elevator was super smooth, 70 seconds, video played introducing the place when we were going up. Views from the top were awesome, views from all four sides! It was great. Windows are a bit dirty though so photos aren't the cleanest. Going down some stairs to another floor had some more written descriptions, pretty cool. Elevator going down was smooth as well, got to see some commemorative rocks on the way down along with some explanations. Really awesome visit!
The most beautiful place in DC area. When you in town don’t forget to check it out. It’s 100% worth your time. ?
Visiting the Washington Monuments is an awesome experience. It was built to honor brother George Washington, the first U.S. president. It is 555 feet tall. Even walking around at night is great. Make sure you go up to experience US history and admire.. Read more » the city and its surroundings through the N,S,E,W windows.
Truly a beautiful area. It feels safe and the grounds are very well maintained. It was great to see this part of history. It is a LONG walk, so be prepared for that. It was also nice to see all the locals going for runs around the area.
Great centerpiece to the national mall. Good views in both directions to either end of the mall. Sometimes the option to go up to the top of the monument is available. At ground level, lots of American flags in a big circle around the monument. Plent.. Read more »y of benches to sit and enjoy the view.
Washington monument never gets old. They have a renovated, earlier we were able to go to the top and see the view of White House and other places. It’s been few years, they are renovating this place.
A must visit, if you’re around in the.. Read more » area. It has a nice lawn and the view is pretty good even standing outside of the monument.
The Washington Monument is iconic. This is my first time seeing the obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This monument was built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, in the American Revolutiona.. Read more »ry War and the first President of the United States. I enjoyed visiting this monument on my most recent trip to the nation's capital. I think my mother loved the monument more than I did. She was just standing there looking at it for what felt like an hour. It's a cool piece of Americana. I will be back again. Hopefully it's still here the next time I visit. I will bring my kids and grand kids if I can produce some. Anyways, I'll be back again. Epic!
One of the United States' majestic and proud monuments built in honour of George Washington.
I visited during the cherry blossoms time and I was not disappointed. It wasn’t crowded on the Friday I arrived. A picture perfect, surprisingly warm day. I would recommend this experience.
Not open in the pandemic
kinda looks like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson the 23rd president of ohio
I went there in a night time and the next day I went again and I got to go to the top. Great experience
My eye is always drawn to the monument when driving in and out of DC, taking off and landing from DCA, in all seasons, day and night. I hope you enjoy some of the shots I have taken over the years I am posting here. Sadly, I have lost many shots .. Read more »to the cloud. Some of my favorites are ones shot in the wee hours. Can you tell which ones they are?
Ngoc Khanh Nguyen
"First in War, First in Peace, and First in the hearts of his countrymen."
George Washington's military and political leadership were indispensable to the founding of the United States. As commander of the Continental Army, he rallied.. Read more » Americans from thirteen divergent states and outlasted Britain's superior military force. As the first president, Washington's superb leadership set the standard for each president that has succeeded him. The Washington Monument towers above the city that bears his name, serving as an awe-inspiring reminder of George Washington's greatness. The monument, like the man, stands in no one's shadow.
The Washington Monument, designed by Robert Mills and eventually completed by Thomas Casey and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, honors and memorializes George Washington at the center of the nation's capital. The structure was completed in two phases of construction, one private (1848-1854) and one public (1876-1884). Built in the shape of an Egyptian obelisk, evoking the timelessness of ancient civilizations, the Washington Monument embodies the awe, respect, and gratitude the nation felt for its most essential Founding Father. When completed, the Washington Monument was the tallest building in the world at 555 feet, 5-1/8 inches.