If you have been following the news of the earthquake that hit the DC area last August, then you know the damage that it has caused to multiple buildings and landmarks. One of which is the Washington Monument. An update from the National Park Service states that the monument will be closed for repairs until 2014.
Although this may come as a disappointment for many DC tourists, the Old Post Office Pavilion serves as an alternate viewing spot of the Washington, DC area from a height of 555 feet. The tower is conveniently located on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. A few views it offers are the Capital Dome, the World War II Memorial, the National Basilica and even Arlington National Cemetery.
Visiting is free and tickets in advance are not required so it is an easy and convenient way to experience DC from a unique perspective. For more information, you can access their website here.