The Washington Monument in Washington, DC is the tallest structure in DC At just over 555 feet high, this obelisk, modeled after those of the Egyptians, honors the first president of the United States, George Washington. It is one of the most visited sights in the District. The monument is constructed of marble, granite and sandstone. Inside the structure are 193 memorial stones on the east and west walls. Patriotic groups were invited to contribute stones to build the monument and came from groups, organizations, citieis and states from around the world. The stones can really only be seen if you ride the elevator.
Location: Located on 15th Street, SW and Constitution Avenue at the National Mall.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., the last tour beginning at 9:45 p.m.
Closed: Closed July 4 and Dec. 25
Admission: Admission is free, but a timed ticket is required.
Metro Stop: Smithsonian
The Washington Monument Lodge, located along 15th Street, opens at 8:30 A.M. for distribution of free, same day, timed tickets on a first come first serve basis. One person may pick up as many as six tickets as well as select their preferred visiting time from what remains available for that operating day.
Advanced tickets are available through the National Park Service Reservation System at 800-967-2283. Reservations may be made between the hours of 10:00 am and 10:00 pm. for a $1.50 service charge and a $.50 shipping and handling fee.
Facts & Trivia
- At 555 feet and 5 1/8 inches, this monument is the tallest structure in Washington, D.C.
- Ever noticed the difference in color of the marble? That's because the Washington Monument was built in two phases.
- Most of the marble used to create the Washington Monument came from Maryland and Maine.
- The total number of blocks is 36,491 and the total weight of the monument is 90,854 tons.
- There are 193 memorial stones in the stairwell.
- The circle of flags around the base represents the 50 states.