Tour The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument stands tall and proud, proudly representing America.

The Washington Monument is a large obelisk located at 16th Street NW & Pennsylvania Avenue NW on the United States Capitol grounds. It was built from 1848 to 1884 under the direction of Thomas Jefferson's Secretary of State, Albert Gallatin. Its height is 555 feet (168 meters). It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the District of Columbia and is one of the most famous monuments in the world. As a symbol of American history and culture, it attracts many tourists from around the world.

The Washington Monument was designed by architect Henry Bacon who also designed the Lincoln Memorial. It is said that Bacon's design was inspired by ancient Egyptian pyramids.

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    The Washington Monument consists of three main sections. They are the base, shaft, and capstone. The base is made up of four steps, and there is a large statue of George Washington standing on top of them. On either side of the statue, there are two smaller statues. One shows Lady Columbia and the other represents Father Time.
    The shaft is where the weight of the entire monument rests. This part is hollow inside so that the weight doesn't crush the stones below. At the bottom of the shaft is another large stone block called the capstone. It supports the whole weight of the monument.
    In order to build this monument, workers had to dig out a huge hole in the ground. They used dynamite to blast away rock and soil. Then they poured concrete into the hole. After the concrete hardened, they removed the dynamite and filled in the hole. Finally, they put the blocks together to form the foundation.
    The Washington Monument's height makes it very visible from far away. People who live nearby can see it easily. Tourists come from all over the world just to visit it, and you can too!
    The Washington Monument is located at 555 3rd Street NW, Washington DC 20001. It is accessible via Metro (Red Line) from Federal Triangle station, which is located near the White House.
    But the easiest way to see the monument is by a guided national mall tour!


This handy Google Map will show you where the Washinton Monument is located in relation to the rest of the city. Book a tour with us and see the Washington Monument and much more!