Getting close to the Washington Monument for a photo like this has been almost impossible for most of the past decade, due to the extensive ongoing repairs and maintenance to the obelisk itself and the grounds around it that never seem to stop – first to the outside and then the inside.
The first major closure — 2011 to 2014 — was for extensive repairs to the monument from the rare magnitude 5.8 earthquake that originated some 80 miles (128.7 km) to the southwest in the state of Virginia.
Then it was sporadically open off-and-on for a couple of years before being closed again – 2016 to 2019 – for elevator system repairs, security upgrades, and mitigation of soil contamination.
Then – just as things were finally looking up – along came the pandemic in 2020 and it’s been closed ever since.
Friends and family that have been wanting to visit DC and tour the Washington Monument have asked me repeatedly over the years when it will be reopened, but given that tourists have been able to access it for little of the past decade, I really don’t know what to tell them.
Flags at the Washington Monument
Washington Monument on the National Mall
Canon PowerShot G6 digicam