7 May 2009

A walkthrough of The Washington Monument and it’s observation deck

Posted by Chris Paniagua

On my recent trip to Washington DC, and after I completed the Travel Channel Academy, I shot a number of short pieces about the landmarks and attractions of our nation’s capitol. The first of this series is this one. An overview of the majestic Washington Monument in Washington DC. Highlighting the views from the observation deck, getting tickets, and the commemorative stones placed within.

Even though I had been to the area a few times, this was my first time ever visiting the interior, and the observation deck at the top. It was really quite fascinating. From the top you can see incredible views of the entire DC area. There re unrivaled views of some of the most famous landmarks, such as

  • Lincoln Memorial
  • World War 2 Memorial
  • Korean War Memorial
  • Vietnam War Memorial
  • Reflecting Pool
  • Arlington National Cemetary
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Tidal Basin
  • White House
  • West Wing
  • South Lawn
  • Old Executive Office Building
  • Department of Treasury
  • US Capitol Building
  • Smithsonian Museum complex
  • US Supreme Court
  • Old Post Office
  • and much more!

There were many interesting facts about the monument I had never known until I visited. Did you know that not only is it the tallest structure in DC, but it is both the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk in height standing 555 feet 5⅛ inches? And at the time of construction, it was the tallest structure of any kind in the entire world!

For plenty of other information and fun facts check out the following links:
Washington Monument on Wikipedia
Washington Monument on National Park Service

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