AAA Editor Notes
Washington Monument, in Mount Vernon Sq. at 699 N. Charles St., is dedicated to the nation's first president. A 227-step spiral stairway leads to the top of the monument where four observation windows provide a panorama of the city. A 30-ton statue of George Washington sits atop the monument. The base of the monument houses interactive exhibits, including a virtual tour, a historic timeline and a live feed from the balcony.
No elevators are available. Visitors can climb the stairs of the monument by advance reservation. Special events, movies and performances are held on the grounds. Guided walking tours of Mount Vernon Place also are offered.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum.