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Washington Monument

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Neighborhood: National Mall
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Address: 2 15th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007
Phone Number: 202-426-6841
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Description: Prominent 555-foot-high classical obelisk where visitors are whisked by...
Prominent 555-foot-high classical obelisk where visitors are whisked by elevator to an observation deck for spectacular views of America's capital.
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The "tour" itself is very short and our elevator operator going up did not say much. However I think the building is amazing and the view from the top is very cool. At the top... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

The "tour" itself is very short and our elevator operator going up did not say much. However I think the building is amazing and the view from the top is very cool. At the top there are labels next to each window that describe what you are looking at, which is helpful. Our elevator operator on the ride down described... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Thought provoking - awe inspiring - beautiful setting - take the family and talk about its significance.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

It can be seen in the distance from your first steps onto the mall and it never appears to be getting any closer until it is right in front of you. It's an impressive monument and is huge! If you go early you can go and get free tickets for that day at specific times so that is definitely worth... More 

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Pittsburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Got to the Park office at 6:30 am During Cherry Blossom weekend (crowded) was about 40th in line office opened at 8:30 and was able to have a selection of times I wanted to go up in the monument. I highly (no Pun) reccomend it. Greta view an don the way down try to get close to the elevator doors... More 

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McHenry, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Very cool landmark. Looks really amazing as you approach from any angle. The repair work that was being done on it is now complete and visitors can go inside again, too.

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Palisades Park, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

A great landmark and monument. Make sure you go early to get tickets. You can takr a nice picture of it from the Capitol, Jefferson memorial, and Lincoln memorial.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We're a family of 3. My husband's last visit to the Monument was 1979 and it was my daughter and my 1st to go inside the Monument. I booked our tour 2 months before our planned visit. Tickets will be mailed if you booked through recreation.gov. You have the option to choose your time. The 30 to 1 hour experience... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This simple, but elegant DC landmark, with its expanse of grass all around it, gives everybody a chance to stand, stare and admire it. After all, it is the world's tallest stone Obelisk. It was a very windy day when we came, so the flags flying furiously at the base made the people around feel a little more patriotic. Great... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

cool to see it...what could be seen past the scaffolding... it is iconic but not so important to non-americans that it needs to be on the 'must see'

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This is a very simple structure yet you would find it rather impressive as it stands in an open space with no other building challenging its height (legally not allowed). The surrounding walkways and open space gives it more prominance. Yet you admire the man more than the monument that reminds us of his gallantry and courage.

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