The symbol of the city of Washington DC, this 555-foot marble obelisk on the National Mall honors the nation's first ... More
The symbol of the city of Washington DC, this 555-foot marble obelisk on the National Mall honors the nation's first president. The cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid in 1848, but construction was not completed until 1884. About one-third of the way up the obelisk is a visible change in the marble, evidence of the onset of the Civil War. Construction was halted during the war, and when builders returned to the same quarry to complete the project afterward, enough time had passed to cause a significant change in the color. Admission is free, but a 'timed pass' is required for the elevator ride to the top.
Well, it's like any other monument. Like some said, nothing too wow about it, on the elevator ride down you can see the state plates. But otherwise, not the best thing you could be doing in DC. Try it if you like heights.
Buy your tickets online ahead of time for only a couple of dollars per ticket and wear comfortable clothes to wait outside, it is colder in the winter and hotter in the summer than other places at the same time and be prepared to wait at least half an hour before your ticket time to get in. Really neat place, you can see all DC from up there...good experience.
Standing at the tallest point in D.C., looking down at the historic monuments, museums, White House, The Mall and the Potomac River - awesome! If you only have half a day in D.C. and can only afford to visit a couple of the many free attractions in the city, this has to be one of the places to go. Come early to get the free timed ticket, otherwise, you will be queuing up in a long line just to get into the monument.
It was a alsome view. You get up there and it is like you are toatally walled up because you have to walk to a little window to look out. Several are up there. You are above everything Lincolin, Jeffersion, the white house, capoial, and more! You acn see the whole pegenton from up there! Best of all it is free!! Just with they would keep it open more. Get there before noon because tickets are limated. On thw way down there is a tour you can take about Washington's life.
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