Everything You Need to Know About the Washington Monument

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument is positioned on the National Mall alongside the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and other extraordinary historical monuments. Whether you are traveling around Washington, D.C. on a double-decker bus tour, or you are planning your itinerary around the city, there is some key information that will enhance your experience when visiting the monument.

Our DC Trails team has outlined a few important things for visitors to know about the Washington Monument before going to visit the site.

The history…

The Washington Monument was built in 1884 and opened to the public in 1888 to celebrate our founding father and first president. This was the first monument to be placed on the famous National Mall. Upon construction in 1884, the Washington Monument was the tallest building in the world, towering over all other buildings in Washington at a height of 555 feet. The monument is adorned with a pyramid made from aluminum, which at the time was highly regarded as a very expensive metal.

How to get there…

If you are on the National Mall, the Circulator bus will take you to not only the Washington Monument, but it will also pass by several historically important memorials and monuments.

If you are coming from another area in the city, Washington, D.C. has an efficient, well-connected metro system that will take you to the Smithsonian station on the blue, orange and silver lines. Upon arrival, you will see signs to exit at the National Mall, where you will see the Washington Monument as soon as you step outside of the station.

A fun, active way to see the city is to rent a bike for the day from Capital Bikeshare and ride to all of the monuments on your list.

For an interactive, stress-free way to get you to the Washington Monument along with other important sites, we recommend exploring the guided tours offered by our knowledgeable team such as our double-decker bus tour across Washington, D.C.

What to expect…

If you plan on heading to the top of the Washington Monument, you will be greeted with a breathtaking view of the city that you will not find anywhere else.

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