Washington Monument

If you could step back in time, you would hear George Washington proposing that Congress fund an American Revolutionary Memorial not far from the White House. While that never happened, fast forward several years, and you would see people raising private funds to build a memorial to President Washington. The private funds were exhausted in 1854, and the project was put on hold until Congress approved the funds to construct the rest of the statue in 1876. During that 22-year hiatus, workers could no longer obtain the original marble, so builders thought they found a suitable replacement. That stone turned out to be inferior, even though you can still see some of the brown-streaked blocks today, so the masons had to turn to a third source to get supplies to finish the monument. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Washington Monument

Choose a clear day, and ride the elevator to the top of the Washington Monument, where you can see for about 30 miles. The elevator slows on the way down so that you can see some of the commemorative stones inside it. Many different locations are honored with a stone, including Alaska, Idaho, Chicago, Hawaii, and North Dakota. Other stones commemorate particular groups, like the Addisonian Literary Society and Two Disciples of Daguerre, and many of the stones are reminders of Masonic groups. 

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How To Get To Washington Monument

The Washington Monument is an easy walk from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Follow Raoul Wallenberg Place Southwest north to Independence Avenue Southwest. After crossing the street both ways, you will see a path going to the northwest. Follow it until you reach the monument. 


2 15th Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20024

Fee: Entry fee $0

There is an incredible number of things to do within a five-block region of the Washington Monument. Consider visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum before heading to the Washington Monument. Then, travel north to see the German American Friendship Garden before heading east to see the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Smithsonian Museum of American History that sets behind it. Extend your stay in Washington, D.C., as long as possible by bringing your RV because you will not want to rush through seeing these attractions. If you do not have an RV, rent one on RVshare.com.