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May 24, 2011 6:28 AM

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Old Post Office Pavilion

Old Post Office Pavilion (www.oldpostofficedc.com)

Old Post Office Pavilion

Old Post Office Pavilion (www.oldpostofficedc.com)

Old Post Office

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 289-4225
oldpostofficedc.com

Towering 315 feet high above the tourists and city residents below, the Old Post Office provides one of the city’s best kept secrets. With ease, you’ll be escorted to the top of the bell tower where 360 panoramic views of the city are at your fingertips. Using a combonation of an elevator and stairs, U.S. history is to be found from the bottom of the pavillion to the top of the bell tower. Best viewed on a sunny day, the city never seemed so accessible as your perched above the tower clock inside the Old Post Office tower, making it third in height among the buildings of the Nation’s Capital. Be sure to check the website for winter and summer hours.

Washington Monument

Madison Dr NW & 15 Street Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20024
(202) 426-6841
mps.gov

Getting to the monument early in the morning is the key ingredient to seeing the city high above the National Mall. From the top of the monument, your views of Washington do not parallel with any other point of view in the city. Where else can you stand in awe of the Nation’s Capital and take in views in excess of thirty miles? The monument which stands at 555’ & 5 1/8” was built in honor of George Washington who led the country to independence. Admission into the monument is free but requires a ticket. So make seeing the awe inspiring views of Washington an early morning venture and you won’t regret it.

Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 537-6243
nationalcathedral.org

From one of the highest points in Washington sits the sixth largest cathederal in the world. One look at the National Cathederal and it isn’t hard to miss the mix of gothic influences of the Middle Ages. From the carved decorations in stone, to the stained glass, to the arching ceilings, the Washington National Cathedral is a national wonder of beauty and peace. Escape the crowd of gatherers inside and take the elevator to the Cathedral’s Pilgrim Observation Gallery. The new breathe of life will have you walking in the Gloria in Excelsis Tower. It’s here where you’ll witness first hand the viewpoints many of the workers and carvers had while creating and sculpting the National Cathedral. Check with the website for hours and availability.

Arlington National Cemetary

214 McNair Road
Arlington, VA 22211
(703) 607-8000
arlingtoncemetary.mil

Located at the top of the Arlington Cemetary sits the former home of Robert E. Lee. From here you’ll get an out of the box view of Washington, DC from across the Potomac. From the Arlington House you can see the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Nation’s Capital all in one birds eye view. Today, the mansion is managed by the National Park Service as a memorial to Robert E. Lee. Check the website for seasonal hours.

POV Rooftop Bar & Terrace at the W Hotel

515 15th Street NW
Washington, DC
(202) 661-2400
starwoodhotels.com

If wanting to rub elbows with politicos and celebrities while taking in great views of Washington and the White House in a posh and cozy terrace are on your to do list, then mark a big ‘check’ next to the POV Rooftop Bar and Terrace. Rapidly becoming one of the city’s fastest growing places to see Washington, the POV offers more than just spectacular views. Combining cocktails in a cool, hip lounge with spectacular views of the Capital make the POV Rooftop Bar a relaxing place to see and be seen.

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