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Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 07/20/2012

The Old Post Office Tower offers a capital vantage point

The tower of the Old Post Office Pavilion offers unbeatable views of Federal Triangle, the Washington Monument and the Mall. (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)
The National Park Service announced last week that the Washington Monument may be closed until 2014 for repairs to damage from last year’s earthquake, no doubt disappointing tourists who wanted to see the capital city from 555 feet above the center of the Mall -- and the hosts who’d hoped to show off the city’s finest bird’s-eye view.

So where to take guests who want to see Washington from above, or locals who want to take in the city in a different way?

The tower of the Old Post Office Pavilion, right on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Today’s Weekend Section has everything you need to know about visiting the tower, which offers an observation deck 270 feet above the city that is reached by taking two separate elevators. The best part: Visiting is free, and no advance tickets are required.

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