"Washington Monument" Washington Monument Tip by richiecdisc
Washington Monument, Washington D.C.: 123 reviews and 229 photos
While the Lincoln Memorial may be the heart and soul of DC, the Washington Monument is perhaps its most readily identified icon. Certainly it is the most recognizable structure from afar and only the White House and Capitol Building can rival it closer up. Its odd architectural style is matched by its equally odd history. Originally a National Monument and conceived as an equestrian George Washington statue in 1773, it never took flight due to lack of funds and political turmoil. When Washington died there was a renewed impetus and ideas about its form, but again it failed to make its way to a tangible reality. It was not until 1888 that the Egyptian-influenced obelisk with pyramid atop that now stands was open to the public.
It is certainly a formidable structure at 555 feet high and weighing in at an astounding 81,000 tons. The walls at its shaft are 18 feet thick! It is obviously an impressive sight from anywhere in the city but especially so when up close. Nothing beats going to the top and the views are superlative and demonstrate the intricate symmetry that is Washington, DC. Generally speaking, doing so involves getting a free reservation which you can do online. This is especially true if visiting during the peak summer months when all the kiddies are out of school. Weekends are obviously another busy time. We were there in October during the week and casually strolled up in the morning and were told we could go on the next tour which we gladly did. It was fantastic and glad we did not heed warnings about not being able to do it last minute.
Normal operating hours for the Washington Monument are 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; free, timed-entry tickets are required and can be reserved for a transaction fee by calling 1-877-444-6777 for individuals or 1-877-559-6777 for large groups or by going online at Recreation.gov. Free tickets for same-day visits also can be obtained on a first-come first-served basis from Washington Monument Lodge along 15th St., beginning at 8:30 a.m. One person can obtain up to six tickets.
Address: Constitution Avenue & 15th Street
Directions: Metro stop: Smithsonian
Phone: (202) 426 - 6841
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