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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 #49 of 249 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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Omaha, NE
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

You now enter from the underground portion, before the work it was just a door at the base an elevator whisks you to the top where you can look out these small windows and see all of DC.

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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I have been here before but was the first time taking my teen-aged grandchildren. We ordered tickets online to avoid having to go early in the morning and wait. It's simple and very inexpensive to order the tickets through the NPS website, so I definitely recommend that, as they are issued at specific times. We enjoyed going there, but in... More

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Glouster, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

If you want to go up in the monument, then check the website now for tickets. I checked 4 weeks in advance and could not get any tickets for the 3 days we were there. Apparently, they also give them out in the morning for that day as well, but we did not even try to get them. That being... More

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Definitely a tall monument, simple but has a visual presence that can’t be ignored- it’s a landmark that can be seen all over the city and from the major highways running through this area. There’s not much to do here other than take pictures and walk around the monument, if you don’t wait in the long line for a ticket... More

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Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The view from the top is simply fantastic. Even with a mediocre camera I was able to get great pictures of the White House, the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial and surrounding area. You can only go up/down via the elevator though so you don't get to see all of the memorial bricks on the inside except for a brief view out... More

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Midland City, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Apparently the free tickets sell out very early every day as the ticket office opens & apparently 60% of them are secured over the internet. Ideally the tickets should probably be secured over the internet if you can or otherwise you will have to get in line at the ticket office/lodge located just East of the monument at about 7:00... More

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USA
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149 reviews 149 reviews
43 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Make sure you go to the top. Order tickets online in advance or plan to get there hours before they open to wait on line to get tickets before they run out. From the top you get an amazing view of the memorials, the White House and the Capitol. Definitely worth it. On your way down, they stop so you... More

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Springfield, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you're planning on going up the Washington Monument, I would suggest getting tickets online for about $1 a piece. They give away free tickets daily, but they are gone very quickly. This was my number one attraction I wanted to see, so I gladly paid for the reserve tickets. They mailed them to my home address. By the time... More

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Mira Loma, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I love visiting the history of our country. Fabulous. So much to see and do there. Walked 8 miles and enjoyed the time.

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Niagara Falls
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244 reviews 244 reviews
148 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The Washington Monument is open again after the extensive repairs due to the earthquake in 2011. This was a first visit for our grandchildren and they were enthralled with it.

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