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How to climb the Washington Memorial, the great obelisk of the National Mall

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Washington Memorial from the Capitol

I tell you that you Washington visit will have as its central axis the great meadow of National Mall, where the most important monuments and museums of the capital of U.S.

And in the center of this large meadow, geographically separating the two ends of it The capitol and the Lincoln Memorial, you find a huge obelisk 169 meters high.

This obelisk that can be seen from much of the city is the monument built in memory of George Washington, who led to the independence of the United States and was its first president.


Washington Memorial from the Lincoln Memorial

With a shape similar to that of a egyptian obelisk, this monument began to be built in 1848, but it was not finished until many years later, in 1884.

Four years later it was opened to the public so that he could climb to the top.

With its 169 meters high and built in marble and granite, the Washington Memorial It has become the tallest stone structure in the world.

At present, an elevator avoids ascending the almost 500 steps necessary to reach the panoramic terrace of the monolith.

How to climb the Washington Memorial

The Washington Memorial schedules to climb to the aforementioned terrace are every day from 9 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon and tickets are free.


Washington Memorial from the Lincoln Memorial

The visit usually lasts half an hour, and you have to take into account that it can be affected by inclement weather.

To visit it you can go the same day of your visit, in advance of it, to collect the free tickets you need (no more than six at a time), being able to choose the time to climb to the top of the monument.

Now the Washington Memorial It is usually a very busy visit, and although the ticket offices open at 8:30 a.m. to start distributing reservations, in the altga season it is not uncommon for queues to start from 7 in the morning.

To avoid these queues, you can make a online booking on the website of National Park Service Ticket, with an advance of up to three months, which is essential if your visit is going to be in high season, specifically from March to June, or on weekends.

In this case, the entrance fee to climb the Washington Memorial It is $ 1.5 as a fee for the early booking service.

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