Old Post Office Pavilion, Washington D.C.

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1100 Pennsylvannia Avenue (202) 289-4224

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    Old Post Office DC

    by lashr1999 Updated Jul 8, 2005

    It is free to go to the top of the tower. It gives you a nice view over the city, including the monument and capital. There is not much waiting time here, so if you want to see a good view of the city, this is a good bet.

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    View of U.S. Capitol from the Old Post Office

    by mikorz Updated Jul 5, 2005

    This is a view of the Capital from the top of the old Post Office Building. The old Post Office is one of the highest buildings in DC and a very interesting place to visit. There's a food court on the first floor and an elevator to the top.

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    Old Post Office - New Twist

    by jlee008 Updated Apr 8, 2005

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    This place is a great place to visit in Washington DC. The Old Post Office Pavilion was Washington DC first skyscraper, measuring in at 12 stories tall. This amazing wonder was almost destroyed if it were not for the Depression. So it is with great pride and admiration that we can still cast our eyes on this historical spectacle today.

    The original function of the Old Post Office Pavilion is what you might correlate with the name. Specifically, it was built to house the US Post Office and the Washington DC Post Office. Today, it is an amazing venue for unique, sophisticated, and eclectic shopping, international food, and even formal events!!

    Drop by to spend some down time here and enjoy some of the music offerings...have some great food ( I love the gyros!!!)...do some shopping...but don't forget about what you want to do later in the night. You can visit Ticketplace where you can purchase same-day, half-price tickets for performances at the Kennedy Center and other local theaters!! (Although last I went Ticketplace relocated to near the Shakespeare Theater)

    Mind you though, there are security checks prior to entering the building. However, it can be worth it because the food choices are better and cost less than the ones in the Smithsonian. Since this is very close to the museums, it is a logical place to drop by for a bite!!

    Also, don't forget to visit the Old Post Office Pavilion Clock Tower. While it isn't really all that interesting, it does offer a nice view of the Capitol Builiding and the National Monument from atop!

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    Old Post Office

    by sswagner Written Jan 20, 2005

    Here is an opportunity to get a good overview of the city. Inside, there is a food court at the first level. However, you can also go up into the tower and look out over the city. Lines are not typically long at all. It is nothing like trying to get up the Washington Monument. This building is on Pennsylvania Avenue right in the historic heart of the city.

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    Second best view in DC

    by mht_in_la Updated Jul 12, 2004

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    Many of DC's major attractions are getting harder to get into due to security concerns, such as White House, Washington Monument, US Capitol, etc. Why not visit the old Post Office Tower and get a great view instead? The view from the old Post Office Tower is considered the second best in DC, only next to that of Washington Monument. Also, the security at the tower seemed to be a lot more relaxed than other government buildings. The photo shows US Capitol in the end of Pennsylvania Ave.

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    Canny View

    by KarenTaylor Written May 14, 2004

    We stopped in here for a quick cool drink, and the chance of a good view from the top of the tower, If you're passing, it's worth it. The shops inside aren't really up to much, but I'm not one for shopping on holidays, so maybe I better keep my opinion on that to myself!

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    See the view from the Tower for free!

    by RhondaRuth Updated Sep 10, 2003

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    The Old Post Office was our first stop.
    The Pavilion and Tower is located on Pennsylvania Avenue and 12th Streets, NW, halfway between the White House and the United States Capitol. It is Washington, D.C.'s first modern skyscraper standing an impressive 12 stories tall. The building was originally built to house the United States Post Office Department and the Washington, D.C. Post Office. A newer more efficient mail facility had been built, causing many to insist that the building be demolished, but fortunately, the lack of federal funds during the Depression put those plans on hold. Then it was rescued by the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

    The view from the Tower is free and since it was nearing lunch ... well nows the time to stop and take in the view right? And what a great view. I'll put some extra pictures in a Travelogue. Even the roof tops are interesting to see. I love the gardens on the roof tops!

    We could have eaten in the Pavillion, but there was too much of an inter-mix of smells going on with the different types of food. Not appealing to my appetite at the time. So we walked a block to see the front of the Old Post Office and spotted a TGY Friday's. Good food there!

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    Old Post Office Pavilion

    by bugalugs Updated Jul 27, 2003

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    This is a really nice place to visit. The Post Office was built in 1899 and has a 315 foot high clock tower. The building was to be demolished but thankfully some reason, I dont know why, someone must have had a change of heart and instead the place was renovated in 1978.

    There is no admission charge to the post office. If the front doors are locked which they were when we visited, go to the left side of the building down the steps and in the side entrance.

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    Visit the Old Post Office...

    by Rasta_Rob Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Visit the Old Post Office museum and take the elevator to the observation platform at the top of the tower. This offers one of the best views of the city, without the crowds of the Washington Monument and other lookout points.

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    Old Post Office

    by sverige Written Aug 24, 2002

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    This is nice nice building that was almost demolished, but through the hard work of caring people was restored & has a little shopping area & the Tower you must go up to the tower....it has some of the most beautiful views of Washington DC

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  • Climb the Old Post Office...

    by mmcguire Written Aug 24, 2002

    Climb the Old Post Office Tower and Watch the Tree Lighting ceromony at Christmas. Visit all the museums
    A view of Washington from the White House and Lincoln memorial to Capital Hill and the Washington monument. The carol singing and the lovely christmas lights. The fasinating wonders of dinosaurs to the international space station and the First Lady's of America display.

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    The Old Post Office Tower

    by rafgys Updated Sep 30, 2006

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    If you need to take a break from all those museums... the post office tower is gorgeous, you go up there... above the bells... beautiful view of all downtown DC.
    (... and it's also free)

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    Old Post Office

    by HotSpotJ Written May 18, 2005

    At first I thought this was a church, but it actually the Old Main Post Office, the new one is across the street.. It is an impressive historic building located a few blocks from the White House.

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    View from the Old Post Office pavilion

    by Dabs Written Oct 18, 2004

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    Since the Washington Monument is currently closed for renovations, the next best view in the city is from the Old Post Office Pavilion, a building that is no longer utilized as a post office.

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    Old Post Office Pavilion

    by bugalugs Written Jul 13, 2003

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    There is a ten storey atrium inside the post office and a glass elevator which ascends up 270 foot to an observatory with stunning views of the city.

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