Old Post Office Pavilion, Washington DC

A representative of the Neo-Romanesque architectural style, Old Post Office Pavilion is a Washington, D.C. landmark. When it was built in 1899, it was the capital city's largest building, the first one to be built with incorporated electrical wiring, and the first one with a steel frame. Today, the building's Clock Tower is the third tallest structure in the city, and it houses the famous Bells of Constitution. There are ten bells, and you can hear them ring for blocks. During its history, the building has been remodeled and faced the threat of demolition. The Trump Organization is converting it into a hotel expected to open by the end of 2016. During reconstruction, the interior is closed to visitors. A visit to Old Post Office Pavilion represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Washington DC online trip itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • The view is second only to the Washington memorial which is closed. There was a small queue. The entrance is next door to the Trump Hotel and Starbucks. Run by the NPS. It is free. Definitely visit it...  more »
  • What a building and what a good man done, in addition to what a view-we come back! Highly recommended.
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  • Well worth the visit. It's a quick, easy and free way to get a great aerial view of Washington DC. There are plates at the windows detailing the landmarks that can be viewed from that angle. Located inside the old Post office (now the Trump international hotel) with it's own entrance and operated by the National Park service, the rangers are really nice and helpful, always willing to explain and add context and information. One thing to note, the entrance to the museum is not from the main hotel/ building entrance on Penn Ave. you need to go down 12th St, "behind" the hotel where you'll see the entrance. Search Google for "Old Post Office Museum".
  • This tower is an easily-overlooked gem in downtown DC, offering great views down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capital. You can see landmarks such as the National Cathedral, the White House, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the Air Force memorial, and the Washington Monument. Lines are usually short during the day, and it is very easy to stop in for a quick visit while walking down town. The Federal Triangle Metro station is just across the street.

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