A U.S. government employee, left, carries a Washington Monument costume as he arrives at the Washington Monument in the U.S. capital on May 12, before a ceremony to celebrate its reopening following nearly three years of repairs.
The 130-year-old stone obelisk had been closed to the public since it was cracked and chipped by an earthquake in August 2011.
With the reopening of the iconic monument, visitors from around the world will once again be able to experience a unique view of the U.S. capital city and surrounding areas from its 169.29-meter height.
Celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week in the United States May 9, U.S. Commerce Department official Ken Hyatt noted that “tourists around the world continue to select the United States as their travel destination.”
“We continue to make good progress toward achieving President Obama’s goal of attracting 100 million visitors annually,” he said.