Visible from the Holiday Inn Central’s
Visible from the Holiday Inn Central’s rooftop pool and from some guest rooms, the Washington Monument is the most prominent structure in Washington, D.C. and one of the city’s early attractions. It was built in honor of George Washington, who led the country to independence and then became its first President. The Monument is shaped like an Egyptian obelisk, stands 555’ 5 1/8” tall, and offers views in excess of thirty miles. It was finished on December 6, 1884
Washington Monument admission is free, but does require a ticket.
Cool Facts about the Washington Monument
1. The same shovel was used to put in the first corner stone of the Washington monument as when George Washington used for the first corner stone of the capital.
2. The marble is mostly from Maryland.
3. Total cost of building the monument was $1,817,710
4. The walls are 15′ thick at the bottom and 18″ at the top
6. Total amount of blocks is 36,491 and weighs 90,854 tons that’s equilivent to the weight of 181,708 horses.
7. The Washington monument was built to represent Washington by it’s architect it stands over tall and magnificaent but somehow very simple and unadorned.
8. Originally congress wanted to honor Washington on an equestrian statue, but changed their minds to make the largest monument in the world at the time to the most prominent hero in American history.
13. There were 897 steps (probably very large)
17. Many different groups of people gave peices of marble for the construcion of the Washington monument
During peak season, tickets run out quickly and the lines for tickets forms at 7:00 a.m. or earlier; please plan accordingly.
The Washington Monument Lodge, located along 15th Street, opens at 8:30 a.m. for distribution of free, same day, timed tickets on a first come first serve basis. One person may pick up as many as six tickets as well as select their preferred ticket time from what remains available for that operating day. All individuals (including children) must have a ticket.
If you wish to reserve tickets, you may do so by visiting the National Park Service ticket website at http://www.recreation.gov/tourParkDetail.do?agency=NRSO&parkId=77811, or by calling 1.877.444.6777 for individual tickets or 1.877.559.6777 for group reservations. There is a $1.50 service charge per ticket. These tickets may be picked up at the “will call” window of the Washington Monument Lodge on the day of your tour.
Please be aware that during the peak season of April-September, tickets frequently are reserved months in advance.