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 will are currently available online from recreation.gov (1-877-444-6777) ONLY; there is no onsite distribution of tickets.
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). Each ticket is good for up to four individuals in a group traveling together. 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.
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:
Last updated: July 15, 2021