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Best views of Washington: Beyond the Monument

The Washington Post Staff  |  Updated 04/24/2014

There are other locations across the city with awesome -- in the true sense of the word -- vistas, not to mention smaller crowds than the Washington Monument. Take a virtual tour here with Washington Post photographer Bill O'Leary, and learn how to take them all in when you visit in person. (First tip: Bring a camera!) Read the article | View the gallery

 

Washington National Cathedral

The Washington Monument may be able to claim the status of Washington’s tallest structure, but the National Cathedral’s Gloria in Excelsis Tower has it beat in terms of being the city’s highest spot. The 300-foot-tall tower sits on a hill 400 feet above sea level. Tower climbs, in which visitors can walk the 333 steps to the top, are offered annually during the cathedral’s Flower Mart.

 

Arlington House - Robert E. Lee Memorial

Standing under the massive columns of Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial, atop a hill in Arlington National Cemetery, visitors can observe American history — from the years leading up to the Civil War onward — in one sweeping view that unfurls for miles.

 

Mount Vernon Trail

What makes it special: There’s no part of this 21-mile out-and-back route on the Virginia side of the Potomac River that one would consider a “best-kept secret.” So why make the effort? Because the views are just that good.

 

The Graham

The handsome U-shaped bar seats about 140 and offers views of Georgetown University to the north; the Kennedy Center, the Washington Monument and downtown to the south; and Rosslyn to the west.

 

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

From the famous abolitionist's former residence in Southeast, one can see Nationals Park, the Washington Monument and the Capitol dome.

 

Netherlands Carillon

The 127-foot-tall tower is a great place to look out over Washington and other local features.

 
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