Washington Monument is 169 meter (555 feet) tall, and it towers over other buildings of relatively low state capital.
Since Washington does not have a Ferris wheel, climbing to the top of the Monument (also free) is the chance to see the city in all its glory from a bird’s-eye view.
In general, the entire city is oriented strictly from north to south and from east to west and looks like a grid. Houses and buildings in Washington can hardly be called beautiful; they are just square boxes with windows.
However, the monument area is packed with museums, memorials, historical buildings and other iconic places that every tourist plans to visit.
Pictures below depict the view from the observation deck of the Monument. Due to high popularity of the place, many people visit the building and the access to the viewing windows and the time allowed to be on the deck are very limited; consequently, not all the angles could be captured.