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Washington Monument Tours

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Washington Monument
Erected in honor of the nation’s first president, the Washington Monument is the tallest building in Washington DC, reaching 555 feet (169 meters) high. The white, marble obelisk is also one of the capital’s most famous structures, made even more remarkable when seen with its mirror image reflected in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

The Basics
At the Washington Monument—one of DC’s most visited and photographed—you can admire it from street level and then take an elevator to its top and enjoy the panoramic view. The monument is included on many guided sightseeing tours of DC, and is in close proximity to other attractions on the National Mall. Bike, Segway, and hop-on hop-off bus and trolley tours let you see many monuments in less time, and can help make the vast scale and number of sights in the capital more manageable.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Washington Monument is a must-see for all first-time visitors to Washington DC.
  • Entrance to the monument requires a free ticket. Reserve tickets in advance online or via phone, or pick up a same-day ticket at the nearby Washington Monument Lodge.
  • Washington DC can have extreme weather conditions. Check the forecast and dress accordingly.
  • Distances between monuments can be longer than anticipated, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • The monument is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
The Washington Monument is located in the center of the National Mall, on 15th Street NW between 15th Street and Madison Drive NW. It is easily accessible by bus, metro, or bike, and on foot from many of DC’s major attractions. Driving is not recommended, as parking in the area is extremely limited.

When to Get There
The Washington Monument is open daily from 9am to 5pm except on July 4 and December 25. The last entrance is at 4pm. Washington DC is always busy, yet spring and fall typically offer slightly smaller crowds, pleasant weather, and colorful foliage.

See the Washington Monument in a Different Light
Come evening, many monuments in Washington DC are artfully lit, highlighting the drama and craftsmanship of their construction. A nighttime tour of the Washington Monument enables you to see the structure with historical context and to appreciate the architecture with artistic illumination.
Address: Constitution Avenue at 15th Street, Washington D.C., USA
Admission: Free
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Guided Tour of Washington DC with Washington Monument and Seasonal Boat CruiseHalf-day Tours

Guided Tour of Washington DC with Washington Monument and Seasonal Boat Cruise

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Explore the famous landmarks and monuments of Washington DC on this guided, half- or full-day, walking and riding sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the nation’s capital. Stop at the White House and the United States Capitol, plus the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and much more. The full-day tour features more than 30 sites with visits to at least 12. It’s a great way to see many of DC’s popular attractions.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by TrolleyCity Packages

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air trolley and enjoy an educational and entertaining history of the nation’s capital while traveling past each point of interest. Take in the stunning views of an illuminated Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, and many other landmarks. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
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  • 2 hours to 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours to 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off TourBus Tours

Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the most popular sights in Washington, DC on this relaxing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Drive past many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — including the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, and Arlington National Cemetery, and choose where you want to get off and explore in more detail. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then hop on at any of the stops on two different routes and get to know the city with a combination of both live and audio commentary. The 2-day option includes admission to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Water Taxi UpgradeCity Packages

Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Water Taxi Upgrade

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Take a hop-on hop-off Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital at your own pace. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). This is the only tour to take you into the Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). Just hop off at any stop when you want to explore, and then hop back on the trolley to continue around the city. When booking, select a silver, gold, or platinum pass, depending upon your interests.
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  • Free Cancellation
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart TourCity Packages

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart Tour

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC by the light of night on this small-group sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air, electric vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous memorials and monuments, with stunning views of an illuminated Washington Monument, the White House and many other landmark locations. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington, DC by night.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DCHalf-day Tours

Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

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Get a panoramic look at Washington DC on this sightseeing tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to the United States capital and its historical and cultural landmarks. Listen to live narration as you see dozens of attractions, such as Lincoln Memorial, the exterior of the White House, Washington Monument and the National Mall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian buildings.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric CartCity Packages

Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this small-group sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a special eCruiser vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Get a glimpse of the White House and travel around and through Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian museum complex, plus a plethora of famous memorials and monuments — like the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument — and many other hotspots. This is a great way to see many of DC’s most famous landmarks.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Small Group Half Day Tour of Washington DC Full-day Tours

Small Group Half Day Tour of Washington DC

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Experience the history and culture of the nation’s capital on this comprehensive, half-day, small-group tour. Travel in a comfortable vehicle complete with phone chargers, umbrellas, and a flat-screen TV, and see Washington DC’s monuments, museums, and memorials with a guide. See the US Capitol building, the White House, the Mall and more. Avoid the hassles of driving, or navigating public transportation and leave the logistics to your guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small Group Twilight Tour of Washington DCHalf-day Tours

Small Group Twilight Tour of Washington DC

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Washington DC’s monuments and landmarks light up after dark, perfect for dramatic views and memorable photos of the capital city. Explore the sights from the National Mall to the White House and key memorials as your guide provides informative narration about each site. Hop off at select sights to get an up-close look with your small-group and guide. This tour includes transport between locations.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
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Arlington Cemetery, DC Monuments Tour Plus Washington Monument AdmissionFull-day Tours

Arlington Cemetery, DC Monuments Tour Plus Washington Monument Admission

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Visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore some of the most famous monuments and memorials around Washington, DC on this guided, full-day sightseeing tour. At Arlington National, witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns, then stop at famous landmark locations like the Marine Corps War Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and more. Additionally, see the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and many more — even the White House, the United States Capitol and the National Mall.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Washington DC Monuments Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

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See the historical sights of Washington DC with an up-close view of significant monuments on a bike tour by comfortable cruiser. Ride an easy route over flat terrain from the National Mall to the Potomac Tidal Basin and view DC landmarks including the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial as you explore the attractions with a knowledgeable guide.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Washington DC After Dark Wonder TourHalf-day Tours

Washington DC After Dark Wonder Tour

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC by the light of night on this guided sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an air-conditioned minivan and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous memorials and monuments, with stunning views of an illuminated Washington Monument, the White House, and many other landmark locations. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
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Spirit of Washington DC Sunset Dinner Cruise with BuffetDay Cruises

Spirit of Washington DC Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet

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Take in the city skyline during sunset in Washington DC on an all-you-can-eat buffet cruise. Board a luxury boat for a sightseeing cruise on the Potomac River with dinner and dancing while a DJ spins your favorite tunes. Pass by illuminated landmarks such as the Washington Monument and feast on a variety of delicious dishes during the cruise.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum EntryHalf-day Tours

African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry

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Immerse yourself in the history of African-American culture in the United States during this half-day history excursion in the Nation’s Capital. Follow the path of the first African-Americans at Jamestown through the Civil Rights movement, checking out key sites like the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the vibrant U Street corridor, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the MLK Memorial, plus much more.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Spirit of Washington DC Scenic Lunch CruiseDay Cruises

Spirit of Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise

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Enjoy food, fun, and entertainment with a view of Washington DC on this narrated lunch cruise along the Potomac River. Onboard the elegant Spirit of Washington, choose to cruise from three air-conditioned interior decks or the rooftop lounge. Either way, the view is spectacular, there’s a delicious buffet lunch to enjoy and a DJ is spinning the latest Top 40 hits on spacious dance floors. Look and listen as the captain points out DC’s fascinating history while drifting past the Washington Monument, Reagan National Airport and much more.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
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Washington DC Sites at Night Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Washington DC Sites at Night Bike Tour

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Experience the beauty of Washington, D.C. at night on this monuments at night bike tour of the city. Check out the Jefferson, Lincoln and WWII memorials once the sun goes down and explore the Vietnam War Memorial and the National Mall at night. This popular tour offers travelers the chance to explore on two wheels after dark when monuments are less crowded.
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  • 3 hours
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Washington DC Private Night City TourHalf-day Tours

Washington DC Private Night City Tour

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Travelers that want a special Washington DC experience—that most tourists miss—should prioritize visiting city's monuments at night, with fewer crowds and beautiful lighting. On this private Washington DC sightseeing tour, visit several city monuments in just a few hours. Enjoy stops at the Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and Washington Monument. As you traverse the city, learn about the city's sights from your driver, and snap great photos along the way.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and MemorialsBus Tours

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

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Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, for access to three separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded narration.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes
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Customized, Private Guided Tour of Washington, DCDay Trips

Customized, Private Guided Tour of Washington, DC

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THIS COST OF THIS TOUR IS BY GROUP. Concierge Tours ensures that all our guests, no matter the size of the group, see exactly what they want in the time they are in the Washington, DC area. A customized itinerary will be created and reviewed so that our guests know exactly what sights they will visit on the day(s) they spend on tour. Concierge Tours also caters to children! We keep them entertained and engaged during the tour.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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Washington DC Double Decker Bus Guided Night TourHalf-day Tours

Washington DC Double Decker Bus Guided Night Tour

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There’s nothing quite like Washington DC and it’s iconic highlights under the moonlight. Hop on a double-decker bus on this 3-hour night tour of Washington DC, and catch sight of some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. See places, such as the Washington Monument, Union Station, the White House, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial. Make specific stops to view the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and the Iwo Jima Memorial illuminated in the surrounding darkness.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Washington D.C. Monuments TourHalf-day Tours

Private Washington D.C. Monuments Tour

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Explore the famous sites of Washington D.C. on this private, 4-hour tour. Climb aboard an air-conditioned minivan with just your group and learn more about the nation’s capital with a guide. Customize your itinerary to fit your interests, traveling to the war memorials and monuments of your choosing. Opt to see the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and more, along with D.C.’s residential neighborhoods. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Washington DC Express Sightseeing TourBus Tours

Washington DC Express Sightseeing Tour

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See the highlights of the capital on a Washington DC express tour that whisks you around the city by van or minibus. A knowledgable guide provides informative commentary about DC’s major landmarks such as the White House and the US Capitol Building. During your 2-hour tour, starting from Capitol Hill, you’ll get a comprehensive overview in a short time. Select the night tour and see the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial illuminated after dark.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese OptionHalf-day Tours

Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

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Explore the famous sites of Washington DC on this private tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then climb aboard a luxury vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining account of the nation’s capital with a private guide. Travel around and through the plethora of famous war memorials, monuments, and landmarks. From DC’s residential neighborhoods to Arlington, Virginia and back, experience this comprehensive tour of the city. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions PassBus Tours

Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

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This hop-on hop-off Washington DC bus tour includes three different loops with live commentary plus a night bus tour and admission to up to five total attractions. Use your 48-hour pass to explore memorials and monuments such as the US Capitol, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. Choose entry to attractions including the International Spy Museum and Madame Tussauds, or select a full-day bike rental.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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