The Washington Monument
The Washington Monument, one of Washington, D.C.’s, most iconic structures, as well as its tallest, opened to the public 125 years ago, on October 9, 1888. This towering tribute to America’s first president took a century to plan and construct and wasn’t completed until the nation’s 21st president (Chester A. Arthur) was in office.
When we visit the monument, a park ranger will help you board the elevator and provide commentary on the express ascent to the top floor 500 feet above the ground. The ride lasts approximately 70 seconds.
You may tour the 500′ level observation deck at leisure. You can then proceed down the steps to the 490′ level museum. Customers with limited mobility may take the elevator to the museum level from the 500′ level when it is available.
The 490′ level contains exhibits and is where visitors enter the queue to reboard the elevator for the descent. Rangers will help you board the elevator and provide commentary on the approximately 2-minute descent. The elevator slows in preprogrammed areas of the monument to provide passengers with views of select areas of the monument’s interior.