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Washington Monument at DC
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Washington Monument - Centerpiece of the National Mall

Designed by architect Robert Mills, as a memorial to honor America's first President, George Washington, the Washington Monument is a 555-foot-high obelisk that stands as a glorious focal point to the monuments and museums on the National Mall. Visitors can get a bird's-eye view of the city and reflecting pool from the observation deck that's perched 500 feet above the ground and visit the museum to learn more about the monument's history. Before or after the tour, visitors can relax by the reflecting pool and see the fifty American flags - one for each state - that fly around a large circle entered on the monument 24-hours a day.


Prices -

Free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Washington Monument Lodge on 15th Street.

Hours -

Open 24-hours per day, 7 days per week. Rangers are on duty daily, from 9:30am-10:00pm.


  • 4th of July Celebration


  • Self-guided Tours
  • Observation Deck
  • Ranger Guides
  • Museum
  • Reflecting Pool
  • Circle of Flags


  • Why does the color change on the outside of the monument?

    During construction, the Washington National Monument Society ran out of money and the project was stopped. In 1879, the U.S. Government took over the project and began work to complete the upper two-thirds of the structure, but they used marble cut from a different quarry. Originally, the two sections matched well but, over time, wind, rain, and erosion have caused the sections to weather differently.
  • Does the monument sway in the wind?

    The Washington Monument is constructed completely out of rigid stone, so it does not bend or move like modern skyscrapers can. Visitors often do feel movement when inside, but this is due to the floor shaking from people walking around and from vibrations made by the elevator.

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