I know you have to get tickets to visit the monument. I want to go ahead and get them online for my husband and I's trip in August. The problem is, it's hard for me to choose a time for the tickets. It feels like a crap shoot. I thought maybe the 2nd day we're there instead of the first, so we can get the "lay of the land". I don't think before noon might not be doable as we will be taking the Metro from Arlington and do not know yet how long that takes, traffic etc. Any advice from those that have gotten the tickets online? Thanks!