All urbanites love rooftops. We love rooftops for the fresh air they offer and the pleasing aerial views of the world around us—manmade, natural, and otherwise.
Rooftops feed that little conqueror hidden in all of us. Looking out across the architecture and down at the little ant-like pedestrians, we can imagine the world as ours alone and admire the strategic advantage granted by our position high above our domain. Plus, in the event of an apocalypse, rooftops are an ideal place from which to snipe zombies.
Thanks to the District's height limits, rooftops in almost every corner of D.C. offer above average panoramic views. Still, not all rooftops are created equal. Below are 20 of D.C.'s most exceptional vantage points, listed geographically from the most Northwest to the most Southeast.
[UPDATE 3/13/17: Portions of Curbed DC's original maps of D.C.'s best views were integrated into this new, expanded version. New images were added.]Read More