The Washington Monument
The Washington Monument is one of the most prominent and oldest attractions in the city that was built in honor of America’s first President, George Washington, who led the country to its independence. The monument is shaped like an Egyptian Obelisk, 555’5/8 high, and averages 30 to 40 miles visibility in clear weather. It was finished on December 6, 1884.
Inside, an elevator whisks you to an observation landing with spectacular views. Before the Sep 11 attacks it was possible to descend the 897 steps.
Same day tickets for a timed entrance to the monuments are available at the ticket kiosk on the monument grounds and distribution starts at 0800. Make sure you are there early as there are limited tickets which are on a first-come-first-served basis. You can also reserve tickets for a small fee by calling in advance. Food, drink and large bags are prohibited.
Constitution Ave & 15th St., National Mall
Tel 202 619 7222 (info)