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Washington Monument

Enjoy wonderful views of the city from the peak of the first civic monument that was ever dedicated to George Washington.

Located in the center of an urban square in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, the Washington Monument is a focal point of the leafy historic parks that surround it. Climb to the top of the monument for spectacular views across Baltimore.

The monument was designed by American architect Robert Mills, who later went on to design the taller Washington Monument in Washington D.C. The first cornerstone was laid in 1815, but construction work did not finish until 1829. Note the statue at the top of the monument, which depicts George Washington resigning his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.

Constructed out of local white marble, the monument rises to a height of 178 feet (54 meters). On each of its façades are bronze inscriptions that document important events throughout Washington’s life. Look for a second, larger bust of George Washington at the entrance to the gallery, as well as a memorial plaque installed during the monument’s centennial.

Ascend the 227 steps to the top of the tower for spectacular views over Baltimore. Be sure to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes as the steps are slightly worn in places. Bring your camera to capture pictures against the city backdrop.

Visit the gallery space and digital exhibits to learn more about the history of the monument and its restoration in the 21st century. Take an interactive virtual tour of the interior and exterior of the monument and observe live camera feeds from the top, perfect for those who can’t or do not want to climb the steps.

The monument is located in the heart of Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Cultural District, about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) north of Inner Harbor. Ride the purple line of the free Charm City Circulator bus to reach the monument. Drivers can take advantage of the many public parking lots in the vicinity.

The Washington Monument is open from Wednesday to Sunday year-round. Enter the gallery and exhibits for free. There is a fee to climb the tower.

Make the most of your time at Washington Monument. Here's a list of some of the best things to do:

You ought to think about purchasing a See DC Today - Small Group Moonlight Tour or a 5 Star Small Group Tour - Capitol Hill, Mall and Monuments during your visit. These activities are a couple of the most popular.

For more things to do, check out our Baltimore things to do page.


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Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor $88
Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor

Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor

207 E Redwood St, Baltimore, MD
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Baltimore, this hotel is steps from Battle Monument and Inner Harbor. Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina and Baltimore Convention Center are also within 10 minutes. Charles Center Station is 5 minutes by foot and Shot Tower-Market Place Station is 8 minutes.

    Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore $159
    Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

    Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

    550 Light Street, Baltimore, MD
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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      Lord Baltimore Hotel $80
      Lord Baltimore Hotel

      Lord Baltimore Hotel

      20 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Baltimore, this historic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Inner Harbor, Walters Art Museum, and Washington Monument. USS Constellation and National Aquarium in Baltimore are also within 15 minutes. Charles Center Station is only a 2-minute walk and University Center-Baltimore Street Station is 4 minutes.

        Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown - Inner Harbor $81
        Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown - Inner Harbor

        Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown - Inner Harbor

        101 W Fayette St, Baltimore, MD
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Baltimore, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Inner Harbor and Baltimore Convention Center. Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina and Oriole Park at Camden Yards are also within 1 mi (2 km). Charles Center Station is only a 2-minute walk and Lexington Market Light Rail Station is 4 minutes.

          Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor $90
          Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor

          Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor

          2 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Baltimore, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hopkins Plaza, Inner Harbor, and Baltimore Convention Center. Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina and Hippodrome Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Charles Center Station is only a 2-minute walk and University Center-Baltimore Street Station is 5 minutes.

            Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor $117
            Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor

            Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor

            401 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Baltimore, this hotel is steps from Charm'tastic Mile and Inner Harbor. Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Baltimore Convention Center are also within 10 minutes. Convention Center Station is only a 2-minute walk and Camden Yards Station is 4 minutes.

              Days Inn by Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor $84
              Days Inn by Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor

              Days Inn by Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor

              100 Hopkins Place, Pratt Street & Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Baltimore, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, USS Constellation, and Walters Art Museum. National Aquarium in Baltimore and M&T Bank Stadium are also within 15 minutes. Convention Center Station and University Center-Baltimore Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor $107
                Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor

                Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor

                511 S Central Ave, Baltimore, MD
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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