Washington Monument

Washington Monument

Washington Monument Pixabay Public Domain

Washington Monument Pixabay Public Domain

One of the nation's most recognizable structures, the Washington Monument is a defining feature of DCs skyline.

This iconic stone obelisk sits on Washinton DCs National Mall and was built in 1848 to commemorate George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Continental Army and the first president of the United States. The original design was by Robert Mills. He began in 1848, then various outside factors caused him to quit building in 1854. The project was picked back up in 1879, but different marble from a different quarry was used, causing the difference in the color you see today (begins at 150-foot mark). It was finally finished in 1884, taking an astounding 36 years to complete in full.

The new and improved visitor experience here features a new state of the art elevator that allows you to still view the original stone interior walls. At the top, you will see great views of the Lincoln Memorial, White House, US Capitol Building, and 30 miles of visibility of further in DC.

Standing at 555', this monument was once the tallest building in the world, it even still holds the title of tallest stone structure in the world!