Washington Monument Now Open Late

Enjoy a great view of the city after dark


With the summer tourism season officially underway, the National Park Service has extended visiting hours at the Washington Monument.

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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