Old Post Office Pavilion
Old Post Office Pavilion
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Historic SitesArchitectural BuildingsObservation Decks & Towers
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Historic 1899 building where visitors can go up to the clock tower for dramatic views of D.C.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Upper Northwest
How to get there
  • Federal Triangle • 1 min walk
  • Archives • 6 min walk
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  • Jamie D
    Huntsville, Alabama84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views on a Spring Day
    Went to the top of the tower as part of touring DC with my teenage son during Spring Break. Great views from the top. The day we were there had few crowds. It didn't seem that too many people knew about this place. We had a little difficulty navigating to the tower as we didn't realize that it was now part of the Waldorf Astoria hotel. There is another entrance maintained by the National Park Services rather than the hotel. Would definitely recommend going to the top, especially if you didn't get a ticket to the top of the Washington Monument.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 23 March 2023
  • Josh
    London, United Kingdom17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views of DC
    We had intended to go to The View observation deck in Washington DC but it was closed so we came here instead and were delighted. It’s free, it was very quiet and easy to access. The staff were friendly and chatty. The views of DC were beautiful, you can see all of the main monuments too. The only downside was that the plastic screens (used instead of glass) had smears on them in some parts which meant you couldn’t get a great view.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 April 2023
  • RandS_TX
    359 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Views
    I had a couple of hours to kill before heading to the airport so I wanted to see some of the DC sights not at the top of everyone's list. I have been to most of the main attractions over the years. This building is actually a Waldorf Astoria hotel. Around the back is the entrance to the museum and tower elevator. It was very quiet, no crowds, and friendly National Park Service employees. It is free of charge. The views are outstanding and give you a unique perspective of the National Mall and the Smithsonian museums.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 May 2023
  • Southwest_Gaucho
    Lake Havasu City, Arizona1,126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views from the Waldorf
    Went here solo on a rainy overcast day and had a great time. It takes to a second to find the entrance which is on the backside of the Waldorf and can be missed. Had to have my bag checked by security at entry which was easy. A hallway full of information is the first thing to see on the history of the building (hallway echoes so please keep voices down for others to enjoy). There is an elevator that goes up to a mid level area with a NPS employee to provide some information. The US Capitol bells are in this building which I did not know. There is another elevator that takes you to the top with another employee that can answer question and provide information. The views from the top are great and some of the best in DC. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit and glad I found this on the map.....
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 July 2023
  • cvmillers
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views. Worth a half hour.
    A local recommended doing this. Opens at 9AM so we went there before the Smithsonian museums opened. Beautiful views (with maps to identify buildings!) to get the lay of the land on our first day. As always, the park rangers knew all the answers to our questions! Plus it is free!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 January 2024
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cvmillers
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
A local recommended doing this. Opens at 9AM so we went there before the Smithsonian museums opened. Beautiful views (with maps to identify buildings!) to get the lay of the land on our first day. As always, the park rangers knew all the answers to our questions! Plus it is free!
Written 9 January 2024
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Southwest_Gaucho
Lake Havasu City, AZ1,126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Went here solo on a rainy overcast day and had a great time. It takes to a second to find the entrance which is on the backside of the Waldorf and can be missed. Had to have my bag checked by security at entry which was easy. A hallway full of information is the first thing to see on the history of the building (hallway echoes so please keep voices down for others to enjoy). There is an elevator that goes up to a mid level area with a NPS employee to provide some information. The US Capitol bells are in this building which I did not know. There is another elevator that takes you to the top with another employee that can answer question and provide information. The views from the top are great and some of the best in DC.

Thoroughly enjoyed the visit and glad I found this on the map.....
Written 5 July 2023
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Dean_Amy-2004
Gettysburg, PA5,827 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Not far from the mall area with great views, but does not require advance tickets. We waited about 15 min to go up to the observation level.
Written 17 June 2023
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Dave C
Alexandria, VA1,601 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This was cool-- and free-- but the line by 4:00 was long, and capacity is limited by how many can fit at top. An elevator takes you most of they way, then a little more room at top with another line to an elevator for the last two stories. Nice informational posters along the hallway. Park service attendants are fantastic. View at top is indeed spectacular with a nice breeze but difficult to get a unhindered shot with a phone camera.
Written 2 June 2023
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RandS_TX
houston359 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I had a couple of hours to kill before heading to the airport so I wanted to see some of the DC sights not at the top of everyone's list. I have been to most of the main attractions over the years. This building is actually a Waldorf Astoria hotel. Around the back is the entrance to the museum and tower elevator. It was very quiet, no crowds, and friendly National Park Service employees. It is free of charge. The views are outstanding and give you a unique perspective of the National Mall and the Smithsonian museums.
Written 22 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Josh
London, UK17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
We had intended to go to The View observation deck in Washington DC but it was closed so we came here instead and were delighted. It’s free, it was very quiet and easy to access. The staff were friendly and chatty. The views of DC were beautiful, you can see all of the main monuments too. The only downside was that the plastic screens (used instead of glass) had smears on them in some parts which meant you couldn’t get a great view.
Written 14 April 2023
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Jamie D
Huntsville, AL84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Went to the top of the tower as part of touring DC with my teenage son during Spring Break. Great views from the top. The day we were there had few crowds. It didn't seem that too many people knew about this place. We had a little difficulty navigating to the tower as we didn't realize that it was now part of the Waldorf Astoria hotel. There is another entrance maintained by the National Park Services rather than the hotel. Would definitely recommend going to the top, especially if you didn't get a ticket to the top of the Washington Monument.
Written 23 March 2023
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Ann L
Fredericksburg, VA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
The 360° views of DC from 270ft up are terrific. You can see from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, all the way to Catholic University and National Cathedral to PG County- miles and miles in all directions. Plus there's a museum of the building from 1899
Written 30 December 2022
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Joan
Irmo, SC61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Wonderful views at the top - panoramic view but a small space. The park service does a great job managing the number of viewers in the tower.
Written 8 November 2022
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nigel r
Colchester, UK295 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Better than the memorial in the mall as it is not easy to find hence very quiet for an excellent view across Washington and the staff are brilliant.
If you are feeling very flush you can always go through to the hotel for a bite to eat, very posh!
Written 28 October 2022
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