. . . been to the top of the Washington Monument. Yes, there are other views of the city as pleasant, and of course the lines can be impossibly long. But it is the Washington Monument. And it reopened Friday after a $10.5 million overhaul that began in 1998 and included repairing and cleaning the exterior marble, expanding the observation deck, refurbishing the elevator and installing a climate-control system. While it can be difficult to get in, it's certainly not impossible -- and if you're willing to pay, you can get tickets in advance.
The monument is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September through March, and 8 a.m. to midnight April through August. It is closed July 4 and Dec. 25. Timed tickets are distributed free daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at a kiosk at 15th Street NW and Madison Drive.
Advance tickets may be obtained for a fee of $1.50 by calling the Park Service at 800-967-2283 or through the Park Service reservations Web site: http://reservations.nps.gov.
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