Located at the western end of the National Mall, the Washington
Monument can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. In the summer, crowds usually form
to take the one-minute elevator ride to the top, so tickets are required. April
Labor Day you can pick up the free tickets across the street from the monument starting at
7: 30 am.
The tallest masonry structure in the world, the top of the Washington Monument is a
great place to view the city. One can see the Washington D.C. envisioned by one of the
citys first planners, Pierre LEnfant who tried to create city filled with
broad avenues, ceremonial circles and tree-lined streets.
The Washington Monument is a popular place with visitors to start their tours of the
Mall, so saving it for the afternoon might not be a bad idea. The Monument is also one of
the transfer points for the Tourmobile sightseeing tours, so you might wind up around the
Washington Monument later in the day if you choose to take the highly popular tour.
Traveling to the top of the Washington Monument has become one of the standard
activities for visitors to the area for good reason. The views of Washington D.C. are
simply breathtaking. April Labor Day the Monument is open until midnight, allowing
visitors to see Washingtons beautiful nighttime vista.