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View of the United States Capitol from the top of the Washington Monument

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Visit D.C.'s Centerpiece!

Get a bird's eye view of the nation's capital from the Washington Monument, the nation’s grandest memorial to the Father of His Country! Timed tickets are required to ride the elevator to the 500 foot observation deck.

How to Get Washington Monument Entry Tickets

Tickets for the Washington Monument are currently available online from recreation.gov (1-877-444-6777) ONLY; there is no onsite distribution of tickets. There are no walk up or "day-of visit" tickets available at this time.

Tickets become available daily at 10 a.m. for the next day’s visits (for example, if you are planning to visit on Oct. 5, you can reserve tickets at recreation.gov beginning at 10 a.m. on Oct. 4). An individual may reserve up to six tickets per day. Each visitor over the age of two must have a ticket. There is a non-refundable reservation fee of $1 per ticket. Please note that demand for tickets is extremely high and all tickets for a day are routinely distributed in a few minutes.


  • The waiting area is outdoors and exposed to sun, wind, ambient temperature, and precipitation. No bathrooms, water, food, or other amenities are available inside the Washington Monument. The nearest restrooms are in the Washington Monument Lodge, located at the bottom of the hill to the east of the monument along 15th Street.
  • Visitors who are uncomfortable with heights, enclosed spaces, crowding, and elevators should consider that the Washington Monument involves all these factors.
  • For your safety, the Washington Monument may be closed for unsuitable weather conditions including high wind and thunderstorms. Tickets will be voided for the affected entrance times.

What to Expect During Your Visit:

Signs posted outside the Washington Monument indicate the waiting areas for specific entry times. The waiting area is located on the east side of the Washington Monument inside the circle of flags. Park rangers will direct you to the security screening area in small groups. All visitors are subject to security screening. Weapons, strollers, and bulky items are prohibited. Wheelchairs are permitted. For a full list of restricted items click HERE.

You will be directed to the Washington Monument's ground floor lobby. A park ranger will help you board the elevator for the express ascent to the top floor 500 feet above the ground. The ride lasts approximately 70 seconds. There is no time limit on the observation level. When you are ready to return, walk down one flight of stairs to the 490 foot level where you will board the elevator for the return trip. You can browse the small museum with exhibits about the history of the Washington Monument while waiting for the elevator.

Health and Safety:

In accordance with local and federal requirements, including CDC and U.S. Public Health Service recommendations, a comprehensive safety program has been implemented at the Washington Monument that includes timed ticketing, limited entries, physical distancing, and additional cleaning and safety measures to ensure the health and safety of visitors and employees. These measures include:
  • Significantly reduced elevator capacity, limiting trips to 4-8 passengers to allow for physical distancing.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, face coverings are required for all individuals ages two and older while inside the monument.
  • Touchless check-in.
  • Touchless hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the monument.

Last updated: August 27, 2021

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