The Washington Monument is the centerpiece of the Capital City of the United States. Standing at over 555' tall, it was built to honor America's first President, George Washington, and to commemorate his command and leadership during the Revolutionary War.
The Neo-Egyptian style obelisk was designed by Architect Robert Mills and was completed, after nearly 40 years, in 1884. Built from marble and gneiss and granite, the Washington Monument Washington, D.C., is an impressive site, towering gracefully over the Capital City at the west end of the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. Since it officially opened to the public in 1885, visitors have flocked to see this stunning tribute to the Nation's Father. Today, the monument boasts over half of a million visitors annually.
Admission is free and open to the public year-round except for July 4 and December 25. Hours of visitation are typically from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. in the summer months between late May and September and from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for the remaining months of the year.
While there is no admission fee, all visitors (of all ages) must have a ticket. Tickets can go on sale as early as 6:00 a.m. and sell out quickly. If at all possible, it is best to visit the Monument during early fall to avoid extreme weather and large crowds. The Washington Monument, as well as the rest of Washington, D.C. is a necessity on any traveler's list of must-see places.