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Why locals love it
The Washington Monument is placed due east of the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. It faces the Lincoln Memorial. This is one of the most picturesque parts of Washington DC. The tower was built to commemorate George Washington, the once (and first) commander-in-chief of the national army.
Why you should visit it
The monument can be waved at from a distance, admired up close with a walk-around of the cornerstone memorials and flags, or visited properly through the visitor center and a trip up to the viewing deck. The monument is one of the tallest landmarks in the US. The landmark has seen its fair share of contemporary controversy, so tickets are required.
The memorial makes for a great photo opportunity from many distances as well as many times of day.