One of the top things Piglet and I wanted to do in DC was to go up the Washington Monument. The tickets are free, but there are only a limited number of tickets available for each day. The best way to guarantee that you’ll get tickets is to order them online (there’s a $1.50 booking fee per ticket), but you need to do it at least a week before you plan on going up. Piglet and I procrastinated/lost track of time and weren’t able to book online. On a whim we went down and inquired about collecting tickets in person, the young man in the gift shop told us that they start distributing tickets at 8:30 in the morning and have a thousand on hand per day. He suggested being in line at 8:30 to guarantee getting tickets. The next morning the three amigos were up and in line by 8:00.
You select the time that you want to go up, and the guards call the time out to get everyone queue’d up and going through security at the appropriate time. The elevator takes 70 seconds to go up some 500 feet to the observation deck.
Don’t forget to look up!
We were really lucky and had the most beautiful, clear day to look out at DC.
I loved the size comparison to other great buildings (especially having already seen the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building.
After seeing all of those gorgeous views, we needed a wee rest.
And to change our points of view.
I 100% recommend going up the Monument. It was pretty quick – I think we were in and out within 30 minutes of our allotted time. The views were stunning. It was well worth being up and out of our B&B early to be able to do this.