After three years of renovations, the Washington Monument reopened to the public Monday with some visible bruises, as thousands gathered to celebrate the restoration of the capital’s tallest monument.
"Today" show weatherman Al Roker, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and "American Idol" winner Candice Glover appeared at the opening ceremony.
Public tours reopened at 1 p.m., taking visitors on a 70-second elevator ride to the top for a vista of the National Mall, the Capitol, and the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. Visitors started waiting early in the morning.
“There are thousands of people in line waiting to get inside,” said Jon Jarvis, director...