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by Amber Autumn
May 11, 2005
If asked what architectural type of monument the Washington Monument is, you'll know the answer. An obelisk can be seen from Arlington National Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, and on a hill where the Marines' Monument is. I read a book the previous year on cemetery architecture in New Orleans and happened to see a tomb such as this one. The Washington Monument was built by men who were non-Catholics because when the Pope gave money to help finish it, most of the workers quit because they didn't want to build something the Pope supported, which also explains, if you look carefully, why the monument is built in two different sets of stone.
From journal Sightseeing in the Nation's Capitol
April 14, 2005
You may be disappointed in the construction going on -- they are building a permanent (yet decorative, they say) security fence around the monument to keep the bad guys out. The good news is that they have just reopened the monument to the public, so you can go up to the top once again.
Tickets are free, but you have to make a reservation through the National Park Service. Call 800/967-2283 or visit for more info.
Metro: Smithsonian (Orange/Blue lines)
From journal My Washington
Charlotte, North Carolina
January 12, 2005
So with that in mind I will say this: When people go on vacation, they seem to forget their manners. Don’t forget yours! While visiting the monument is fun, about all there is to do is look though a very slim piece of glass at the city. There is not a lot of room here and the window is not big. So please look around, take a few photos, and move on so other people can enjoy it. There is no reason to spend more than about 5 minutes at each window. Yet, there are always people who are insisted on hanging out and talking. You can do that downstairs. When you are finished, you can take the elevator back down. The elevator on this floor is crowded, so you can walk down a few flights of stairs and take the elevator from there.
You do need a time-stamped ticket to enter. You can get those at a booth in the front starting at 7:30am. Or do the smart thing and go to www.reservations.nps.com and order them. Again, there is no charge for the ticket, but there is a $1.50 per person fee. It is well worth it, especially during peak times or if you don’t feel like being up that early to go get a ticket. Tickets are usually gone early, so spend the money and have them before you go.
From journal Summer fun in D.C.
London, United Kingdom
August 6, 2001
From journal The Nation's Capital
April 18, 2001
We signed up for a two-day tour of the DC area, not realizing that we would have to leave our hotel before 6 a.m! We got up about 5 a.m, got ready, and we were picked up around 6, but not before we almost got on the wrong bus. It seems a group of Japanese tourists just happened to be staying in the same hotel, and also took a guided tour, by a white bus, leaving before 6 a.m. It’s probably just as well that we missed that bus, because neither my wife nor I speak Japanese! Our bus came to pick us up about 5 minutes later, and we drove around suburban DC for almost an hour (picking up other passengers) before arriving in front of the White House, to wait for tour tickets. About 7 a.m. the National Park Service Ranger came by to issue tour tickets, and we were told we had tickets for a tour at 11:50. Then we were driven to see the first three monuments.
The first monuments we visited were the Vietnam War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial. They are all impressive in their own way. The Vietnam Memorial is a simple wall, in two parts, listing all those who died in the Vietnam War. The Lincoln Memorial is a huge building, with a 19 foot tall statue of Lincoln, seated, looking over the Mall toward the Capitol. The Korean War Memorial has 19 statues of soldiers on patrol, along with a wall engraved with likenesses of others who were involved in the war.
After we saw the monuments, we were dropped off in front of the Capitol to take a tour. We stood outside for about 45 minutes before our group was allowed in. We saw the Rotunda, Statuary Hall, and the House of Representatives’ meeting room. The statues and paintings in the first two rooms were extraordinary, but the House was not in session, so all we saw was a mostly empty room. The backs of the representatives’ chairs were being replaced with bulletproof material at the time we were there.
From journal DC in 2 Days!?!