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The Washington Monument is an obelisk within the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States. Located almost due east of the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial, the monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss, is both the world’s tallest predominantly stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk, standing 554 feet 7+11⁄32 inches (169.046 m) tall. It is the tallest monumental column in the world if all are measured above their pedestrian entrances. Overtaking the Cologne Cathedral, it was the tallest structure in the world between 1884 and 1889, after which it was overtaken by the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Plan your visit
- Plan your visit ahead of time and be sure to book tickets in advance to avoid long lines and disappointment.
- Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and water bottles as it can get hot near the monument especially during summer months.
- Wear comfortable shoes as there are some steps to climb when visiting the monument and walking around its grounds.
- Remember that photography is not allowed inside the Monument; however there are plenty of picturesque views from outside that make for great snapshots!
- Get an early start as it tends to get crowded during peak times so you can make the most of your visit without dealing with large crowds or waiting in line too long!