While we’re kind of digging the Washington Monument’s new 3D space-age style (it’s scaffolding due to earthquake restoration), we’ll admit that it’s a bummer one of the city’s most popular sightseeing spots is off-limits.
But we know a way that visitors can still get to the sweeping views on top of that 555-foot tall marble structure. No harness — and no lawyer — needed.
Thanks to a new webcam donated by EarthCam and mounted to the scaffolding, the National Parks Service will now offer views from DC’s highest vantage point via an HD megapixel camera system. The special wide angle lens goes live tonight in conjunction with a lighting ceremony, and can be viewed here.