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Washington Monument

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Washington Monument: Tours, Talks & Views from the Top

Dedicated to America's first president, this tall obelisk is found in the center of the National Mall and is one of the most iconic emblems of Washington DC. Reserve your tickets in advance to visit the top of the structure for amazing views, or sign up for a guided tour or ranger talk.


Hours -

9AM-10PM May 31 to September 6, 9AM-5PM September 7 to May 30

Prices -

Free, but ticket is required


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Dedicated on February 21, 1885 this amazing tower was inspired by the obelisks of Ancient Egypt. Honoring America’s first president, George Washington, it was the tallest building in the world until the Eiffel Tower was constructed in Paris in 1889.

Things to Know Before Your Visit

It is free to visit this attraction, but you will need a ticket - and they run out quickly during peak season. Skip the line and instead, reserve tickets ahead of time through the National Park Service.


  • How do you book a tour?

    You can pick up same-day tickets at the monument itself, or you can reserve your tickets ahead of time. To do so, visit the National Park Service ticket website at http://www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777. You’ll pick up your tickets at will-call.
  • What are some interesting Washington Monument facts?

    A four-sided obelisk, the Washington Monument is made of marble, granite and bluestone gneiss and features a pointed top. The monument tapers towards the top and is surrounded by a circular colonnade, anchoring the center of the National Mall.

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