Constructed from marble, granite and gneiss, the Monument is the world's tallest free-standing stone structure, towering more than 555 feet (169 meters). Visitors can take an elevator to the top for panoramic views of the city.
Things to See & Do
Visitors with tickets can enter the Monument and then ascend via elevator to the 500-foot level to behold sweeping views of the city. Non-ticket holders can take photos from the base which is surrounded by a circle of waving American Flags.
Washington Monument Insider Tips
- Advance/Reserve tickets: If you want to go to the top of the monument purchase the tickets online in advance. There is a $1.50 service charge for each electronic ticket but it is well worth it to guarantee your visit. Entry tickets are required for all visitors over the age of two. The visit takes approximately 1 hour, including wait time.
- Hours: The Washington Monument is open year-round 7 days per week from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (last available tour ticket at 4:00 p.m.)
- Amenities: No restrooms, drinking water, food, or other amenities exist within the Washington Monument. The Washington Monument Lodge holds the nearest restroom facilities just east of the Monument on 15th Street.
- Accessibility: Washington Monument is accessible to all. Wheelchairs are available for loan within the Monument.