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Ever wonder what the view from the top of the Washington Monument is like?
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Ever wonder what the view from the top of the Washington Monument is like?

If you've got vertigo, this video isn't for you. But if not, it's worth watching to see just how good the view from the top of the Washington Monument is.

The last of the scaffolding that's enclosing the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument is in place, part of the repairs being done to the structure in the wake of the August 2011 earthquake. And on May 13, the workers putting that scaffolding in place donned helmet cams, producing a video that was posted today on the National Park Service's Facebook page. Needless to say, the views are stunning.

Workers will next wrap the scaffolding in fabric and affix lights to it, which will be switched on in June. The resulting effect will be similar to the last time the monument was covered in scaffolding in 1999-2000.

Work on repairing cracks and fissures caused by the earthquake should wrap up by next year.

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