Tourism and Leisure

Washington, D.C.: Capitol Rotunda reopens; Washington Monument's elevator still broken

Washington, D.C.: Capitol Rotunda reopens; Washington Monument's elevator still broken

It’s been a tough summer for tourists in Washington, D.C. The Capitol Rotunda, which welcomes about 2 million visitors a year, closed in July for renovation work.

A month later, the Washington Monument closed after the elevator gave out (specifically an elevator cable), grounding one of the most popular free ride-to-the-top attractions in the capital.

But here’s the good news: The Capitol Rotunda reopened to visitors Tuesday. And the circular room 96 feet in diameter and 180 feet high has been spiffed up...

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