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“Best view of DC!”

Washington Monument
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Owner description: The Washington Monument elevator is closed until spring 2019.
Evansville, IN
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11 reviews
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“Best view of DC!”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

We visited DC in May of 2011 and wanted to see the Washington Monument, but had no intentions of going inside and riding the elevator to the top! I am somewhat terrified of heights, but once we approached the monument, there was a woman handing out free tickets and we said, "Alright, let's do it!" We stood in line for about 15-20 minutes (DC is always crowded in MAY) but I didn't mind at all. Apparently the tickets are free regardless (nearly every attraction in DC is) and you just have to get there early in the morning to nab you one or two.
The ride to the top was the most interesting part of the monument! The elevator has panels of glass on either side and the tour guide stops every few seconds to point out all the historic inscriptions in the stones that built the monument. VERY cool. Once you're at the top there is very limited space so if you are claustrophobic at all you may want to think twice about this! However, I am scared of heights and did just fine. The few windows at the top are so small that you really don't realize how far up you actually are. The view couldn't be better, however, for you can literally see all of DC in every window you peer through!

Visited July 2012
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Portsmouth, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2013

It's always a welcoming site to see the Monument on your drive in to D.C. Definitely worth visiting.

Visited June 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Under Construction”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

It was under construction when we went in March however you were still able to see the monument. It is funny when you see it on television it looks so close to everything else but it is really kind of isolated from the rest of the buildings.

Visited March 2013
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Detroit, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
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“Under Construction”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

My wife and I took a weekend trip to DC in June 2013, and the Washington Monument was under construction. There is scaffolding going from the bottom to the very top, and you cannot get very close to the monument at all. The monument is under construction due to the earthquake that rattled the northeast US in 2011 (2 years ago). However, at night, especially from the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument still looks pretty neat even with all the scaffolding.

Visited June 2013
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Germantown, Tennessee
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“Closed but still Impressive”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Cannot wait for it to reopen. It is hard to understand the extent of the repair job without observing the platform constructed around the Washington Monument. Hopefully it will be better and stronger, once the repair job is completed.

Visited June 2013
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