Guests can now take trips up to the top of the 500-foot-level observation area until 10 p.m. -- five more hours than you'll get during the winter. That makes 13 hours of trips every day -- the monument opens at 9 a.m.
You can get free tickets online or by calling (877) 444-6777. Allow for least two weeks for the tickets to be mailed to your home. And although the tickets are free, there is a small service fee. You can order tickets up to a year in advance.
You can also get free, same-day tickets at the National Park Service’s Monument Lodge, located on the 15th Street side of the Washington Monument grounds. These tickets are distributed beginning at 8:30 a.m. daily until the tickets for that day are gone.
The extended hours will be in effect until Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6
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