- Type: Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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This tall obelisk has become a symbol for the capital city. And at 555 feet and five inches, it was (at its completion in 1884) the tallest structure in the word. Today, travelers can ride an elevator up to the top to enjoy a sweeping view of the city.
The Washington Monument is free to visit, though if you book tickets online, you'll be charged a small fee, which some people say is worth it. If you don't book in advance, you should come early to ensure you get a timed entry ticket.
One TripAdvisor traveler recommends choosing an overcast day to visit since "you will be standing in line in full sun when you wait for tickets." Others simply enjoyed taking pictures of the Monument from the outside; even on the ground, it yields some great photo ops of both the White House and the U.S. Capitol Building.
The Washington Monument is closed to visitors until further notice because of damage from the Aug. 23, 2011 earthquake.