Photos From the Top of the Washington Monument

After three years of being closed due to earthquake repairs the Washington Monument is finally open to the public!

I was honored to be in one of the first groups (the fifth group specifically) up in this DC landmark. The Department of Interior (USInterior on Instagram) picked 12 instagrammers to go up to the top and I was selected out of 600+ entries.

It was a lot of fun meeting fellow photographers in the area. One even drove from New York City for the event.

Washington Monument Reopening
The Base of the Washington Monument with the Lincoln Memorial in the background

The day started with an hour long ceremony hosted by Al Roker and many other speakers, including the Mayor of Washington DC. After all that we were off to the top! The 12 of us crammed into the elevator for a few minutes then got free range of fantastic views. From the Monument’s 8 windows you can see over 50 miles of DC, including: the White House, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the US Capitol.

White House View from Washington Monument
White House View from The Washington Monument

Luckily my Canon 6D has wifi so I could share a lot of these photos as they were happening on Instagram. If you’re interested check out my photography gear.

United States Capitol from the Washington Monument
View of the US Capitol from the Washington Monument
Lincoln Memorial from the base of the Washington Monument
Jefferson Memorial Tilt-Shift
Jefferson Memorial from The Washington Monument

One thing that I was very curious about when going up is what the windows look like from the inside, so I captured that. Using a couple of photos I was able to stick together an accurate feel for the inside of the monument plus got a nice reflection of me in the photo.

Washington Monument Window Interior
Washington Monument Window Interior

I want to thank Tim Fullerton and the Department of Interior for setting up this whole #monumeet up.

I had a great time and hope they do something like this in the future. If you’re in the DC area make sure to reserve tickets for the Washington Monument ahead of your trip so you’ll be sure to go up in this incredible DC landmark.

Want to know more about the Washington Monument? Check out these 13 Washington Monument Facts.

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5 comments on “Photos From the Top of the Washington Monument”

    1. Sadly you can’t do sunset or sunrise so I think most photos will look the same since tickets are for the day. That being said it’s still a great view! bring a telephoto to zoom into buildings.