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Map It Out: Near which coast of the U.S. is Washington, D.C.?

Our nation’s capital recently had a big reason to celebrate. The Washington Monument—one of the city’s most famous landmarks—opened its doors to visitors for the first time in three years.

The Washington Monument is a 555-foot-tall tower honoring George Washington, the first U.S. president. It was completed in 1884. In 2016, experts decided the building needed updates and a new elevator. They closed the monument while the work was being done.

In September, the projects were finally completed, and the monument reopened to the public. To mark the occasion, First Lady Melania Trump cut a special ribbon. Some students from schools in Washington, D.C., got to help!