Washington Monument

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Zagnut66 Zagnut66
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Washington Monument Feb 01, 2015
The Washington Monument was damaged by an earthquake in August 2011 and closed down for several years for repair work. It just recently reopened to the public, so out of curiosity I took a ride to the top to see if anything looks different inside. Pretty much the same as far as I could tell.

The trick is to arrive early when the Monument opens at 9 a.m. to avoid the crowds, even better to go on a cold January morning. During the summer there is an average 90 minute wait to get on the elevator. There isn't much room up there, but I had the place to myself.

The windows are small yet provide some nice views of the city. The Capitol dome is currently hidden by scaffolding and there is construction in front of the Smithsonian Castle, making the view of the National Mall rather ugly. There is a small exhibit area on the floor below where you catch the elevator back down. The elevator slows and the lights go off so you can see some of the interior stone panels that are engraved with tributes to George Washington submitted by the 50 states.

The free tickets are first come first served at the small lodge at the base of the Monument, though you can order them online for a $1.50 fee (but must still be picked up at the lodge). The Monument closes at 5 p.m. during the winter but stays open until 10 p.m. in the summer.

Keep in mind they started building this thing in the 1840s, so you won't find any modern viewing platform with sweeping views. I have no idea what George Washington has to do with ancient Egyptian obelisks, but the Monument has become the visual symbol of the city. Just try to avoid it in an earthquake.
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spocklogic spocklog…
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Standing Erect Since 1884 Aug 13, 2015
The Washington Monument is an ubiquitous landmark in the District of Columbia (DC), which can be viewed from many different perspectives. Aside from close up, some particularly great views can be seen from the Lincoln Memorial around sunset, where the monument takes on a glow and is imaged in the reflecting pool. Other good views include from the Capitol building lengthwise along the Mall, from all around the tidal basin and or from Constitution Gardens. 50 U.S. flags surround the monument, one for each state. The monument is made of marble, granite, and blue gneiss, mostly from Maryland, with a solid aluminum tip on the capstone to serve as a lightening rod.

By the numbers: With 36,491 total blocks, weighing 81,120 tons(73,590,826 Kg), a base width of ~55 ft (16.8 m) on each side, and a height of ~555 feet (169 m), it has been standing fully erect since December 6, 1884 when the capstone was added. At the time it was the tallest structure in the world until the Eiffel Tower in Paris was completed in 1889. It remains the tallest structure in DC, excluding radio towers. The thickness of the walls at its base is 15 feet and at the top of the shaft is 18 inches, where the dimensions are ~34 feet (10.4 m) on each side. The solid aluminum tip on the capstone is 9 inches (22.6 cm) in height, 5.5 inches (13.9 cm) at its base, and weighs 6.3 pounds (2.85 kg). The sway in a 30-mile-per-hour (~48 km/h) wind is 0.125 inches (0.318 cm).
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Africancrab Africanc…
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An Undeniable Landmark Jun 16, 2012
The Washington Monument is a huge towering Obelisk located on the National Mall. It is the most prominent structure in Washington standing over 550 foot high. It was erected in honor of President George Washington, a founding father of the nation and the first president of the United States.

You need a ticket to visit the interior of the monument,but the ticket costs nothing. We arrived in the evening and the monument was closed so we did not go inside. It is surrounded by US flags. We plan on returning to take a tour sometime in the next week or so. I should update this review then.
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Africancrab says:
Thank you Glynnes, Cj and Britt, we are having the time of our lives here, now if only we could win the lottery too :D
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williamsworld says:
Watch out DC. Hope you guys are having a good time.
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yes ditto enjoy
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christine601 christin…
3 reviews
DC Experience Jul 11, 2011
So I got to go on this great spectactle and take a ride up its vast neck. You know what really just irked me during my visit? Its the fact that on the way down the elevator, they don't let you see the whole interior of the shaft. There are no reasons why they cant show you the interior, unless they are hiding secrets. So frusterating america!! this is our capitol, and our tax money goes to pay for all these monuments anyways!
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X_Drive X_Drive
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Washington Monument May 21, 2010
The centerpiece of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. is this 555 tall Egyptian obelisk style structure as a monument for our first President George Washington. It was built in 1884 and allows visitors a view of the surrounding area for as much as thirty miles on a clear day. There is no charge for tickets, but the tickets are given out early in the day and your time is set at that point. Also, in recent months there is a screening to make sure nothing is carried in that may be dangerous. So no food or drink or large backpacks are allowed.
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camwilde camwilde
163 reviews
Washington Monument Dec 03, 2010
The Washington Monument is one of Washington DC's most recognized structures. It is a 555 foot impressive obelisk that honors the first President of the United States, George Washington.

For access, you have to get tickets. They are free except for a processing free if you reserve them online (which is essential during the busy season).

Inside the monument, you climb up and have various exhibits as you go. At the top, you can view the city from a high perspective.
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HuBison HuBison
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You MUST plan your visit in advanced if you want to go inside Jul 11, 2010
When on the National Mall, you will be able to see the monument from virtually anywhere. I believe the rumor is that no building in DC can be built taller than the Monument.

If you are visiting, you must have a ticket, most of which they disperse early in the morning and then you can return at the time of your ticket. I believe you can also buy tickets in advance online. I actually don't know if the monument is free or if there is a charge.

Enjoy your visit
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wongjst wongjst
40 reviews
Jul 10, 2007
As you can seen in the photo, the Washington Monument reflection can be seen in the rectangular pool that which is extending to the west towards the Lincoln Memorial. I actually took this pictures over in the Lincoln Memorial but not from the monument... and you will see a good shadow view of this huge Monument. The monument itself is a U.S. Presidential Memorial for George Washington.
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