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Washington Monument

2 15th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007 (National Mall)
202-426-6841
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Ranked #31 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Prominent 555-foot-high classical obelisk where visitors are whisked...
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Owner 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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Mill Creek, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

When we planned our trip we really wanted to see the Washington Monument and we made our reservations on line to avoid the hassle and risk of trying to get tickets on the morning of our visit. The park staff are pleasant and the security check not too intrusive. Once inside the base there is a brief wait and then... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I have been here many times, but on this occasion we visited it at night. It blew us away!! I would suggest everyone go here at night.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The Monument was out of action on my previous visits to DC, so seeing that it was open, I was keen to visit. The process for tickets is quirky: you can reserve in advance online - but not for the following day(s). So you have to plan ahead, or get to the nearby ticket office in the morning to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

A definite must when visiting Washington the views are amazing. Be aware that it is free but at busy times it pays to book. Really accessible and the staff are friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Do take the tour which will take you inside the monument. You can book the tickets online for a timeslot. But do it well beforehand as these sell out soon. Amazing views and a lot of history within the monument. Going up and coming down should not take more than 1-2 hours overall. Try and go during twilight; as you... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 via mobile

This is probably the busiest monument in DC. It is the tallest obelisk in the world and one does not realize just how impressively tall it is until one is directly looking up at the monument. It is an engineering marvel which shows the determination and precision of the builders. When you get close you will see that the stones... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Besides the White House the Washington Monument may be the most popular and must see attraction in DC. With that in mind be prepared for long lines much waiting time. We visited in December on a Tuesday morning so keeping that in mind your experience may be different depending on when you visit. We were able to walk right up... More 

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Bishop Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

If you are in DC for any period you must visit this place. The structure is impressive and the engineering is worth reading about. Being a British man in Washington I've come to realise what a truly inspirational character George Washington is. I've also visited Mount Vernon which reinforces this opinion, to my mind this is a fitting tribute to... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Definitely try to get tickets to go up to the too! The park rangers are very friendly and knowledgeable, the views are astounding, and the exhibits in the elevator waiting areas are very informational and interesting as well.

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Everett, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I got tickets online to visit the Washington Monument. I didn't want to stand in line for the free tickets and thought it would be worth the few extra dollars to make sure we had tickets. I booked the last time slot of the day, but that was a big mistake!!! We arrived at the monument 15 minutes before our... More 

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