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Washington Monument

Directly south of the White House, At 15th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20013 (National Mall)
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Ranked #39 of 253 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Observation Decks/ Towers
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Knaresborough, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Get to the free ticket office early in the morning to get your time, then come back and enjoy great views of DC (The White House, The Mall, The Lincoln Memorial, all the Smithsonian buildings and Capitol Hill) Also very interesting history inside, pay attention on the lift ride back down!!

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Sydney, Australia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I did not get the chance to go up the tower but being on the ground near it was enough for me. It is amazing to see up close and to note the two different types of stone that were used due to the stoppage in its building. Also amazing to think it stands without cement in between the pieces,... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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295 reviews 295 reviews
207 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The shape of this monument is unusual, It was not possible to go inside due to lack of time, was told by the tour guide that on a clear day the full monument is reflected on the pond in front, We were able to see only half of the reflection on the pond which was very interesting. Lovely to walk... More

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Tampa, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Definitely a fun experience and well worth the wait. However, the so called "security" guards should really learn some manners. All 3 of the women working had a horrible attitude and didn't start the experience off to a great start. Being prior law enforcement I understand their purpose, but they definitely need to improve their people skills and not pretend... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

MAKE RESERVATIONS to GUARANTEE A RIDE UP TO THE TOP The tickets sell out during peak season, so reserve early. Visit recreation.gov and pay the processing fee (few dollars) to guarantee your ride up the 500ft elevator to the top of the Washington Monument. It's worth the few dollars. Oh what!? You want to do it tomorrow? (We did too!)... More

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Waxhaw NC
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The views from the top, or as far up as they let you go, are absolutely breathtaking. The ride in the elevator is worth it, there are many things to see on the way up and down. Take the time to see this attraction, you will not be sorry.

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Hampton, Minnesota
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106 reviews 106 reviews
57 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

There are free tickets to take the elevator to the top of the monument. At 8:30 am they start handing them out, be in line when the office opens. You can get them in advance online...but how do you know the weather so far in advance (they sell out weeks in advance!). AMAZING views and display of how it was... More

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St Margarets, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

My first experience of the Monument was when I was about 3 so it was good to revisit! Well worth taking the time on your trip as you can take the elevator to the viewing gallery at the top! Personally I'm scared of heights but this is ok, somehow! Get there very early to avoid long queues for tickets (we... More

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Naples, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We ordered free tickets on line (with a service fee of $1.50/ticket). We had a set tour time and it was wonderful not to have to wait in long lines or be turned away because of crowds. You have to go through security when you enter bldg, Elevator takes you to top and you can view Washington DC in 4... More

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Danville, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Was so excited to get into the monument this visit to D.C. Not a bit disappointed, except that the rangers said they will have a walk down the stairs tour starting in October, guess I'll be back. DONT MISS THIS, go to National Park Service website in advance for tickets to the attractions. If already there and didn't get advanced... More

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