on February 26, 2009
They only hand out a limited number of free tickets each day to take the elevator to the top of the Washington Monument. Those limited tickets go FAST! The ticket window opens about 8:30 AM, we got there about 8:00 AM to get in line. With tickets in hand, you to come back at a designated time to take the elevator up to the top of the monument. You can request a specific timeframe for your tickets, but no guarentee that time will still be available.At your designated time, you come back to get in another line, go through security, and squeeze into the elevator for the ride to the top. There is intersting things to see while you ride up, but the "must do" piece of the Washington Monument is the view of the city. The windows are small and you have many people trying to see the view at the same time, so you have to be patient!! Also, the windows are made of thick, scratched plexi-glass, so you won't be able to take arial photos of the city from there.
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