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Old Post Office Pavilion

1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington DC, DC 20004 (Federal Triangle)
(202) 289 4224
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Ranked #107 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Historic 1899 building where visitors can go up to the clock tower for dramatic views of D.C.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is one of the better views in the city and the lines here are not that long. It is temporarily closed due to building renovations but will be even more amazing when they finish renovating the pavilion. It is worth seeing and I would encourage others to visit!

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kingston, ny
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86 reviews 86 reviews
40 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

another free thing to do while in DC. you go up the elevator and i believe its the highest you can go in DC and you get great views of DC, the white house, washington monument, lincoln memorial, the capitol building. must see while in DC.

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41 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This was a magnificent building with an art deco construction in all its glory from the facade in front of it. In the inside its a shame that all the remains are a some cheap souvenirs stores and coffe shops. In the top of it with the elevators still functioning we have the most wondrrful view from the city...feeling like... More

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Canberra, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I was hoping that there would be more to this building than what I found inside. Outside it was a gorgeous old building and I was looking forward to going inside to explore some more. Sadly, when I got in there, it seemed to be nothing but souvenir shops, all the same, one right after the other, and the same... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We were there the last day in May. This place is in the books and everywhere to visit. Double-check the books with reviews here to make sure first. We walked over there from the National Mall (not too far, but it was the end of the day and we were already tired and looking forward to dessert in the Old... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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145 reviews 145 reviews
19 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We kind of followed the 3 day recommendation on Tripadvisor, This one was closed for public as of May 1st and being converted to a hotel.. Tripadvisor needs to remove it !

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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126 reviews 126 reviews
47 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

THE OLD POST OFFICE PAVILLION IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED! Mrs Too and I traveled to downtown DC this morning hoping to take some photos from the tower. We were greeted with a sign at the main entrance stating that, as of May 1, 2014 the building was closed for renovation. Much heavy equipment cluttered the lobby, and a minion of the... More

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New City, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The Old Post Office Tower and Pavilion was a great on the road find. Meaning I did not research this location but found it via a souvenir store clerk in one of our previous stops. The Old Post Office is located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The building was established in 1899 to be the Post Office Headquarters for DC... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Amazing views of the City. Our visit was only days before Mr. Trump went to escrow on the building, so we missed the gift shops and food court. It will make a beautiful hotel but hopefully the tower will re-open. Honestly, you won't find a better view!

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Grapeview, Washington
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153 reviews 153 reviews
50 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This place is still worth going to visit just for the views from the tower. The rest of the building is empty as it is being prepared for renovation as a luxury hotel. The tower will also be closed for renovations at the same time but will be reopened by the NPS when the hotel is complete. There has been... More

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