I feel like every camera owner living in or having toured DC has a picture of Benjamin Franklin standing in front of a row of U.S. flags, so I went to get my copycat shot after the disappointing sunrise at the Lincoln Memorial.
Having been living in DC for almost a year and serving as a tour guide for friends and family many times, I feel ashamed that I did not know about this place before. It would have been a really good touch as I took people to places on Pennsylvania Ave in between the White House and the Capitol. Especially when I was unsuccessful in booking a tour of the Washington Monument, this would the second best place to see DC from above.
在DC住了快一年又帶這麼多人導覽DC之後，我竟然沒來過也不知道Old Post Office，十分慚愧。不然帶大家走過白宮、Freedom Plaza、FBI的時候應該要順便到Old Post Office Pavilion的鐘塔瞭望台看一下DC全景，尤其是訂不到華盛頓紀念碑tour的時候，Old Post Office看來是最好的替代方案。
The Old Post Office was built in the 1890s and will be turned into a Trump hotel soon. The statue of Benjamin Franklin is at the main entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Old Post Office建於1890年代，不久的將來要變成川普飯店。富蘭克林的雕像就在賓州大道正門的一側。
Due to a limit on height of buildings in DC, there is no skyscraper in the city . The Washington Monument (555 feet /169 m) is the tallest structure. Built in the period between 1892 to 1899, the Old Post Office was born before the Heights of Buildings Act and thus grandfathered in, becoming the third highest structure in the city. (Following the post office would be the Washington National Cathedral.)
So, the best spot for a spectacular view of DC is up on the Washington Monument. (Besides it is cool to see the interior of the Monument.) However, it is a tour you often need to book way in advance. Currently it is closed due to damage from the August 2011 earthquake. The Old Post Office is the best replacement for a good view as far as I know. No reservation is required and it is free. Park rangers offer tours a couple of times every day. You can also tour the tower yourself. Don’t expect a breathtakingly beautiful view though. This is DC that we’re talking about, not some night view of New York City or Chicago.
華府限制建築物的高度，所以這裡沒有摩天大樓，華盛頓紀念碑是最高的地標 (169公尺，台北101是509公尺) ，Old Post Office在大家立法管制之前就蓋好了，所以默默蓋成了DC第三高 (第四名是Washington National Cathedral。)
要從高處看DC，華盛頓紀念碑是首選，而且搭電梯一路看到紀念碑裡面還蠻有趣，但旺季都要提早很多訂票，現在因為2011年8月的地震所以包起來整修，不對外開放。就我所知的景點裡面，Old Post Office是最好的替代方案。上去Old Post Office的觀景台不用預約也不用錢，每天有幾場導覽，但也可以隨時自己上去。雖然說十分推薦這個行程，但千萬不要期待會有多厲害的景，DC就只是DC，跟什麼紐約或芝加哥夜景差得遠。
An elevator that goes up to the observation deck on the 12 floor and the clock tower starts on the basement, which is a food court.
From the 270-foot observation deck, you can see the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, White House, Capitol and more. With a smartphone camera and a right angle, it is easy to take pictures of the Pennsylvania Ave and the Capitol, or on the other side the Freedom Plaza and the White House without having railings in the scene. Although these iron bars get in your way, they are better than dirty glass in my opinion.
Old Post Office Pavilion
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004
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