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Washington Monument

Washington Monument

Free admission
Constitution Avenue at 15th Street, Washington D.C.

The Basics

At the Washington Monument—one of DC’s most visited and photographed—you can admire it from street level and then take an elevator to its top and enjoy the panoramic view. The monument is included on many guided sightseeing tours of DC, and is in close proximity to other attractions on the National Mall. Bike, Segway, and hop-on hop-off bus and trolley tours let you see many monuments in less time, and can help make the vast scale and number of sights in the capital more manageable.

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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour
Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour
$54.00 per adult
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We saw many stops of interest.
Just the right amount of time was spent at each stop. We liked the information not found elsewhere that was shared.
Donna_W, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

star-5
Easy, fun, and we saw it all!
Patrick_H, Oct 2021
Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop
Other than me, no one in our family had been to DC. This was the perfect, easy way for them to see the city! We saw everything, and looped around some key attractions, like the Washington Monument, a few times. The bus was comfortable and easy to see everything. The driver/guide was super friendly and funny, and did a great job with the details. Highly recommend! We all enjoyed, including our 20yo and 18yo.
star-5
Dave is the best!
Susan_L, Oct 2021
Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley
Dave was excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly with good jokes! Tour was very well run and buses were clean Weather was great and monuments were beautiful at night!
star-5
Perfect evening!
Kara_M, Sep 2021
Washington DC Moonlit Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up & Stops at 10 Sites
Sally is one of the BEST tour guides. Her way of presenting history is unique and captivating. Chris is the most patient driver and safety is his top concern. Hotel pick up went smoothly!
star-5
Night Tour was the highlight of our trip to DC
eileen_r, Sep 2021
Washington DC National Mall Night Tour - Stops at 10 Iconic Attractions!
Excellent tour, the van was a bit crowded considering covid but the driver and tour guide did a fantastic job both giving us a great tour but also doing their part in mask-wearing. We took our 90-year-old mom and they were very accomodating with her. We did a private daytime tour and this Night Tour was definitely the highlight of our trip to DC. I wish I had taken this tour first but we scheduled it for my actual birthday. If you only do one tour, do this one, it will not disappoint.
star-5
DC
Ilich_V, Sep 2021
Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Great service and clean buses! Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Route is well planned and safe. Great tour!
star-5
Excellent
Michael_B, Sep 2021
Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
This was a very good experience. The bus was on-time, clean and the Driver was very safe. The 20 minutes between buses was well timed. The routes were very informative. Excellent job.
star-5
Great way to get an overview of DC and the monuments. Excellent tour guide
David_C, Aug 2021
Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop
Tour Guide Tour Route Time to explore the monuments Cleanliness of the trolley Ease of booking Adhering to the tour time schedule
star-5
Highlight of our DC Trip
Allison_H, Aug 2021
Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley
Our tour guide, Mr. History, was absolutely fantastic. He was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about American history. The bus was clean and the ride was smooth. It was fun to see the monuments when they were all lit up. Highly recommend.
star-5
Good tour.
Sean_A, Aug 2021
Half-Day Grand Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC with Stops at 8 Top Sites
Was quick to the point and informative. Would recommend. Small groups and a clean vehicle. Guide was ok.
star-5
We loved this tour!
Kelly_O, Aug 2021
Washington DC Moonlit Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up & Stops at 10 Sites
We loved our tour guide Cassie. She was so friendly and had so much knowledge which made the tour so much more interesting. She truly made our night and I highly recommend booking this tour. The bus was brand new and super clean…5 Stars!
star-5
Outstanding
Christrina_M, Jul 2021
Washington DC National Mall Night Tour - Stops at 10 Iconic Attractions!
We loved our guide. The transportation was amazing, and the ability to get so close to the White House during protests with safety was amazing.
star-5
Very good
Peggy_R, Jun 2021
Half-Day Grand Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC with Stops at 8 Top Sites
The guide is extremely informative. Extensive knowledge of DC history. Clean vehicle and ample photo time at stops

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Washington Monument is a must-see for all first-time visitors to Washington DC.

  • Entrance to the monument requires a free ticket. Reserve tickets in advance online or via phone, or pick up a same-day ticket at the nearby Washington Monument Lodge.

  • Washington DC can have extreme weather conditions. Check the forecast and dress accordingly.

  • Distances between monuments can be longer than anticipated, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • The monument is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The Washington Monument is located in the center of the National Mall, on 15th Street NW between 15th Street and Madison Drive NW. It is easily accessible by bus, metro, or bike, and on foot from many of DC’s major attractions. Driving is not recommended, as parking in the area is extremely limited.

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When to Get There

The Washington Monument is open daily from 9am to 5pm except on July 4 and December 25. The last entrance is at 4pm. Washington DC is always busy, yet spring and fall typically offer slightly smaller crowds, pleasant weather, and colorful foliage.

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See the Washington Monument in a Different Light

Come evening, many monuments in Washington DC are artfully lit, highlighting the drama and craftsmanship of their construction. A nighttime tour of the Washington Monument enables you to see the structure with historical context and to appreciate the architecture with artistic illumination.

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