The Washington Monument is an iconic US landmark located on the National Mall. The monument pays tribute to the first President of the United States, George Washington. At just over 555' tall, it is the world's tallest obelisk and tallest stone structure. The monument is located on the Mall between many key Washington DC structures, located roughly halfway between the LincolnMemorial and US Capitol Building (to the west and east), and the WhiteHouse and JeffersonMemorial to the North and South.
The structure includes a viewing area near the monument's top (currently closed for repairs following a 2011 earthquake). Getting to the viewing area requires ascending 897 steps, or taking an elevator ride to the top.