Washington's skyline may be low, but it makes for spectacular views: Without a forest of skyscrapers cluttering the horizon, the Capitol Dome, the Washington Monument and other landmarks stand out. While the Washington Monument and Arlington House are closed for construction, here are three other places to enjoy very different vistas of the city.
The Old Post Office Tower: Although the historic Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue NW is now the Trump International Hotel, the National Park Service still operates a free observation deck in its tower. Visitors take two elevators to the top, where they are surrounded by landmarks on four sides. (Maps and interpretive signs underneath the large windows help tourists figure out what they're looking at.) 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; entrance on 12th Street NW.
Whiskey Charlie: The most in-demand seats at the Wharf's first rooftop bar offer incredible views of the Potomac River and Washington Channel, as well as planes taking off and landing at National Airport. But with a summery cocktail or beer in hand, you can see far more from other parts of the deck, including Nationals Park and the Library of Congress. 975 Seventh St. SW (inside the Canopy by Hilton hotel).
The Watergate Hotel: Georgetown, the Potomac and Rosslyn's high-rise towers can all be seen from the famous hotel's spacious rooftop deck, which features solid (if pricey) cocktails, plenty of seating and a welcome breeze. 2650 Virginia Ave. NW.