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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

In order to promote physical distancing and reduce queuing for tickets, tickets for the Washington Monument will are available online from recreation.gov (1-877-444-6777) ONLY; there will be no tickets distributed on site.

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 $1.50 per ticket.


  • 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. Groups will have 10 minutes at the observation level. At the end of that time, a park ranger will help you board the elevator for the 70 second descent.

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.
  • Face coverings are required for all individuals while inside the monument to account for physical distance limitations.
  • Touchless check-in.
  • Touchless hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the monument.
  • Time limit at 500’ observation level of 10 minutes per group.
  • A closure each day from 1 to 2 p.m. for cleaning and disinfecting using antiviral disinfectant cleaners recommended by the CDC and registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Last updated: September 29, 2020

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