Washington Monument
Washington Monument
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Dedicated to the first U.S. president, this 555-foot obelisk is an iconic American symbol that stands tall in the National Mall.
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Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
How to get there
  • Smithsonian • 8 min walk
  • Federal Triangle • 10 min walk
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  • AZCatFan1998
    Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania271 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views
    They do a good job of limiting the amount of people in the viewing area so you get a good chance to see out of the windows. Great views of DC and they do a good job of illustrating what you are looking at. I also particularly enjoyed the pictures of what the views looked like 75+ years ago. Glad we did it. Only negatives are the line runs behind the entry times and the AC is broken but it wasn't overly warm.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Sarah C
    Ashtead, United Kingdom1,292 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views from the top
    We prebooked the tour up the monument on the day, securing an afternoon slot. When it was our time many people were being turned away so def worth doing. We were whisked up in the elevator and could wander around inside the top of the monument for as long as we liked, seeing all four aspects across the city. Amazing views and impressive architecture
    Visited September 2022
    Written August 7, 2023
  • BougieKnight
    Akron, Ohio183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see site
    The monument is legendary and a must see for our nation's history. The grounds are clean and well kept. Many paths keeps the crowds moving along. Multiple national park rangers present for assistance. Plan well in advance if you want to get the timed ticket to the top. The National Park stamp station was out of scrap paper to collect the stamping for those that forgot their national park stamp book.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 13, 2023
  • EastCoastCanada
    234 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do if you can get tickets
    Excellent history of the monument and great views of Washington. Iconic DC landmark. Visited the top of the monument in small groups due to space constraints and it was not overly crowded which I liked. However there is a lot of demand to visit the monument and there is a strict ticketing process. We lucked into tickets the day before we left Washington. Thought we would have to miss this again and had tried unsuccessfully on prior occasions to get tickets. Because of the ticketing situation I doubt I would go again, but if you can get tickets, I would definitely put this on your must do list for Washington!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2023
  • David H
    Bury, United Kingdom1,634 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    Before visiting DC this was top of my wish list. Obtaining tickets - even just one - is not easy, and I spent ages on the computer on the specified advance date. Eventually, one ticket popped up and I managed to book. Ahead of the scheduled time those in the next group need to wait in turn close to the entrance. There is no cover, so come prepared if the weather is unpleasant. Once inside you are whisked up to the top of the monument in the elevator. The views from the top are spectacular with distant panoramas in every direction and information boards pointing out all the major sites across the Capital and beyond. Well worth the free visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 17, 2023
  • harpers_thewheel
    Sheffield, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Once you’ve managed to get a ticket, definitely worth it
    Really struggled to get tickets online before we arrived. Seemed like very limited availability. So queued up on the day. Arrived at 8.45 as it opened and was about 50th in the queue. Waited 35mins and got tickets. A lot of slots had gone but still had some choice. Would recommend getting there before 8.30am Great experience otherwise. Nice lift up there. Friendly and informative staff and amazing views.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Steve Q
    Auburn, Massachusetts210 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bucket List vist to top
    Been to DC 4 times since 2014 but the monument was never opened for tourists to go to the top. Our visit this week we we're scheduled to go Tuesday 1:30pm timed ticket. Got there a little early only to be told it had to close due to air conditioning not working and too hot for tourists. They said come back the next day first thing in the morning, and they would get us in. It was an unbelievable day and not a cloud in the sky and this was the highlight of all 4 of our visits. A must do.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Dede K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,269 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A DC must!
    Always a wonderful sight! Built to honor George Washington, the United States' first president, the 555-foot marble obelisk towers over Washington, D.C. It is one of a few sites in this area where that brings that “there it is” thought to anyone who visits for the first time! Have never been up inside, but love the calmness around the exterior of the monument. A must while in DC!
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written August 21, 2023
  • MrMrsHappyR
    Liverpool, United Kingdom1,441 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Incredible and hugely famous monument which is the centerpiece of the National Mall area. Although we didn't go to the top, we walked around the base. Surprised at how tall it was. You can get great photos of the monument through The Reflecting Pool if you view from The Lincoln Memorial
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • SteveK28762
    Worcestershire, United Kingdom89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views, nice bit of history.
    Another Washington DC must-do. We had booked in advance and were aware that while we were lining up, many people were being turned away as they hadn't, and there were no tickets available on the day. It's a simple experience really: take a lift up, look out of the windows on all 4 sides, and come down again. However, it's worth it for the amount of things that can be seen from those windows, so take pictures and enjoy the stunning views. Can get crowded in what is quite a small space at the top, so be prepared to wait your turn at the windows.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
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mfarid2009
Cairo, Egypt210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I have been to Washington DC several times but this is the first time I try getting up into the monument and I am glad I did. I really liked the way they presented information about how this monument was created and the different stage it went through. It gives a great brief of such a historical symbol. I highly recommend to visit but it is best to reserve your tickets online as it is only one dollar per person but saves a lot of time.
Written January 13, 2020
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Dean_Amy-2004
Gettysburg, PA8,389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
The views from the top are great on a clear day. If you are visiting on a weekend or busy season, highly recommend ordering the timed tickets online. Only $1 per ticket and you’re guaranteed entry..also makes it easier to schedule the rest of your day. A must see!
Written March 13, 2020
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lexi3
131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The monument was closed for renovation for many months. We were able to visit soon after it re-opened and rode to the top. Sensational views. Know that the advanced elevator tickets are sold mainly on-line and disappear VERY quickly. HOWEVER, they do release day of visit tickets at the site. The ticket window is opposite the street in a little building that also sells souvenirs.
Written March 14, 2020
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Ryan S
Raleigh, NC1,193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Finally after years of trying I was able to get INTO the Washington monument. All staff members were very nice. Renovations since 2016 earthquake are prevalent throughout the structure. It should be emphasized that you need to get a ticket that cannot be obtained at the monument but rather a small white building ahead of it and at the bottom of the hill.
Written January 27, 2020
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jpete02
Lansing, MI902 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Going to the top of the Monument was closed for many years due to structural damage from an earthquake and reconstruction/renovation of the inside elevator. Finally, reopened to the public last September, a ticket for the elevator to the top is one of the hottest tickets in town.

The best way to secure tickets is to plan 90 days ahead when they are first put online. Of course, not everyone can plan that far ahead.

If the tickets are all gone, they do release a few online at 10:00 AM the day before. If that fails, you can line up outside the small bookstore below the Monument and they release same day tickets at 8:30.

The final option is to wait at the base of the Monument and see if anyone has extra tickets they aren’t using. We did see a big group have a few extra tickets they gave to strangers because not everyone in their group was there.

Once you have your timed ticket, you line up at the base and go up 8 at a time through security and 18 at a time into an elevator for the minute ride to the top. There are eight viewing area (behind glass) and you get great views of the surrounding DC area from all sides.

The return trip down the elevator is also interesting because the elevator slows down at some interesting stones that were installed to build the Monument.

Takes about an hour to see everything. No bathrooms inside the Monument. Only bathrooms around are on the sides of the small bookstore.

Note: Going inside the Washington Monument was closed for two weeks after today because of Coronavirus. You can still tour the grounds outside as of March 14th.
Written March 14, 2020
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RogerDeanDC
Washington DC, DC99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The views of Washington do not get any better than atop the Washington Monument. Tour reservation are required which means the NPS has limited the amount of people at any one time. This makes it easier to get around, enjoy the monument and the view without being crammed together like sardines. Much more enjoyable! You can get tickets online at the NPS website up to 90 days in advance.
Written February 13, 2020
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Heaton11
Gunsan, South Korea20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
Group of 5 visited on Labor Day weekend. Ticket reservations were sold out online, but I saw that they gave out daily tickets each morning at 9 a.m. Arrived at the building at the base of the hill near the monument at about 8 a.m. and there were roughly 50 people already in line. Hundreds more showed up over the next 45 mins. Booth opened at 8:45ish and had a sign displaying what times were available and got ours for later in the afternoon. Some early times went fast, since people were already there.

A single person can get 6 tickets to make it easier for large groups or families. I'm not sure the total tickets that they were giving out, but it looked like a few hundred were available.

Incredible views from the top. Be sure to pay attention to restricted items. My mother forgot she had nail clippers in her purse and they made her go out and discard them before she could enter.

Well worth the visit though!
Written September 6, 2022
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Steph S
Bristol, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Monument with my parents while we were in Washington, the views are incredible and it’s definitely a must do experience if you get the chance. Despite it being an enclosed viewing experience (behind windows) you can still get great photos, and also try and get near one of the two sides in the lift going down as they slow the lift at a couple of points to highlight some unique building stones that were used to construct the monument that are only visible from the inside.

Unfortunately we couldn’t book tickets in advance as the national park service website wouldn’t allow me to sign up (it wouldn’t take my UK phone number) so we had to head to the lodge early in the morning to secure tickets. Make sure you get down there early if you find yourself in the same position, it opens at 9am but lots of people are there 8:30 or before. We managed to get 3 tickets for 10:30 but hung around as we didn’t have enough time to fit something else in and a huge thank you to the NPS lady who let us go in early as there was enough space. So in the end we were back down for 10:30 and carried on with our day.
Written October 9, 2023
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Andy Y
Sunderland, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We had tried to get tickets to go up the monument online before our trip to DC but this attraction sells out very fast online. Additional tickets are released the day before but even then you're lucky if you get one. So the only option is an early morning queue outside the ticket office to get some last minute on-the-day tickets.
We got there around 8am and the queue was already formed. We were lucky to get two tickets, we weren't bothered about the time as we had all day to explore so if you want a specific time, get there early.
The monument is great to look at from the outside, its amazing that they managed to build it solely from blocks with no steelwork back in those days. I don't think you appreciate the building until you get inside and get to hear from the rangers about the history of the building. when you go up the elevator to the observation deck there is more information to read about and also more importantly 4 viewing windows to see out across DC. The views are stunning and great photo opportunities, with a map above each window to show you what you're looking at.
On the way down the elevator there is a nice little surprise too, I actually wish i'd been able to walk down the 800+ stairs to see the internal block work.
One of the best attractions in DC.
Written July 15, 2022
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jslaw405
Oklahoma City, OK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The views of the Lincoln Memorial; Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin; and White House are worth adding this stop to your next trip to D.C. Also, the State Memorial Stones on the interior of the monument are incredibly cool to see during the elevator ride back to earth. Be sure to jump on recreation.gov and secure timed entry tickets in the days leading up to your visit as same day tickets might prove difficult to get.
Written March 9, 2020
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