Look Up at the Washington Monument

Aerial view of the Washington Monument
Aerial view of the Washington Monument.

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The Washington Monument is an instantly-recognizable Washington, DC landmark. Towering above the rest of the city, the 555-foot, 5.5" monument was the world's tallest building when it was completed in 1884. Built to reflect the nation's awe of its first president, and an engineering marvel for any age, the building still captures the imagination.

As you visit Washington, DC, be sure to take a moment to look up at this stunning obelisk, and think of America's first president, George Washington.

It's hard to miss the Washington Monument from anywhere in the park, but you may want to climb up the hill and linger for a while to take in the view of the monument and the city.

Pets are allowed on the grounds, provided they are restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length.

There is no fee to visit the grounds.

2 15th St. NW
WashingtonDC 20024

Via Metro: Exit at Smithsonian, using the Mall exit. As you exit the tunnel, the Washington Monument will be behind you.

Accessibility Information

The sidewalks and approaches to the Washington Monument are ADA compliant.

Last updated: February 27, 2017