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Ten More Great Views in Washington D.C.

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[Photo by Kalyan Neelamraju]

Late last fall, Curbed took a look at some of the spots where residents and visitors can get great views of the city. Amongst the nine highlighted spots were a few public and well-known towers and rooftops (like the Washington National Cathedral and the Kennedy Center) and a few more private vantage points (like Rhapsody Condominiums which recently played host to this lovely snowy view). However, you, the readers pointed out a few fantastic vantage points that were absent from the original list. As such, here is a new map of ten more excellent views throughout the District.


· The Cairo [Wikipedia]
· The Awakening (sculpture) [Wikipedia]
· Fort Lincoln Park [The Cultural Landscape Foundation]
· The Nine Best Views in Washington D.C. [CDC]

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1. The Cairo

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1615 Q St NW
Washington, DC 20036

D.C.'s tallest residential building at 164 square feet is quite the imposing structure. Plus, as the city's tallest apartment building, of course the views from the Dupont rooftop are magnificent, showing views through to the Potomac River. This building, constructed in 1894 was also what inspired the now-infamous Height Act of 1910, capping the city's building heights. Photo by Kalyan Neelamraju

2. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

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1411 W St SE
Washington, DC 20020

While it may seem hard to believe that such breathtaking views can come from a two story home, the vantage point from this Anacostia landmark across the river is impressive. Photo by Ted Eytan.

3. Old Post Office Pavilion

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1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

The Trumps probably already know this, but the view from the Old Post Office's clock tower gives an impressive look down Pennsylvania Avenue. This was another of these tall buildings constructed before the enactment of the Height Act. Photo by Bill Rogers.

4. Hains Point

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Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024

Runners, cyclists and cherry blossom enthusiasts know that Hains Point provides great views across the Potomac into Virginia and Southeast D.C. Even though massive sculpture "The Awakening" has since moved to a new home in Maryland, Hains Point is worth the trip for seeing sunsets like this. Photo by Amarit Opassetthakul .

5. Dorchester House

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2480 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(866) 594-3162
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The Dorchester House and the nearby Camden Roosevelt are both in that enviable area near Meridian Hill Park on 16th Street that give an enviable view of downtown just before the road dips into a downward slope. Photo by Angel Preble.

6. Fort Lincoln Park

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Fort Lincoln Dr NE
Washington, DC

The topmost points in this park in Northeast D.C. provide a unique view of the rest of the city. The park was also one of the city's ramparts used during the civil war, which makes sense as it's on a ridge. Photo by Courtney Spearman of the Cultural Landscape Foundation.

7. Harbour Square

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510 N St SW
Washington, DC 20024

This view from the Harbour Square co-op in Southwest D.C. is close to the Washington Channel and has an excellent view of the Harbour. Also, as one tipster pointed out, when the fireworks go off at nearby Nationals Stadium, there's a good view of those as well. Photo by E.L. Malvaney.

8. Sky House

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1150 4th Street Southwest
Washington, DC 20024

If you're going to call the building Sky House, for Pete's sake, there had better be stunning views. This new residential building by the Waterfront definitely delivers. Not only is it possible to see those views of the National Mall and Northern Virginia from the rooftop, but during the summer it's possible to gaze out from within the building's rooftop swimming pool. Photo by Gerry Suchy.

9. Kennedy Row

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From its spot near RFK Stadium, Kennedy Row provides a great view of the tree-covered homes of Capitol Hill and the land east of the Armory. Sunglasses are a must for this view, even if you do prefer to gaze at the city from a couch in a shadier spot. Photo by Valerie Paschall.

10. Capella Washington D.C.

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1050 31st Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 617-2400
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One of D.C.'s newest hotels offers a stunning view as it's directly on the C&O Canal. What's more, guests can gaze over the canal from either the cozy rooftop lounge (shown here) or their rooftop pool.

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1. The Cairo

1615 Q St NW, Washington, DC 20036

D.C.'s tallest residential building at 164 square feet is quite the imposing structure. Plus, as the city's tallest apartment building, of course the views from the Dupont rooftop are magnificent, showing views through to the Potomac River. This building, constructed in 1894 was also what inspired the now-infamous Height Act of 1910, capping the city's building heights. Photo by Kalyan Neelamraju

1615 Q St NW
Washington, DC 20036

2. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

1411 W St SE, Washington, DC 20020

While it may seem hard to believe that such breathtaking views can come from a two story home, the vantage point from this Anacostia landmark across the river is impressive. Photo by Ted Eytan.

1411 W St SE
Washington, DC 20020

3. Old Post Office Pavilion

1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

The Trumps probably already know this, but the view from the Old Post Office's clock tower gives an impressive look down Pennsylvania Avenue. This was another of these tall buildings constructed before the enactment of the Height Act. Photo by Bill Rogers.

1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

4. Hains Point

Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC 20024

Runners, cyclists and cherry blossom enthusiasts know that Hains Point provides great views across the Potomac into Virginia and Southeast D.C. Even though massive sculpture "The Awakening" has since moved to a new home in Maryland, Hains Point is worth the trip for seeing sunsets like this. Photo by Amarit Opassetthakul .

Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024

5. Dorchester House

2480 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The Dorchester House and the nearby Camden Roosevelt are both in that enviable area near Meridian Hill Park on 16th Street that give an enviable view of downtown just before the road dips into a downward slope. Photo by Angel Preble.

2480 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Fort Lincoln Park

Fort Lincoln Dr NE, Washington, DC

The topmost points in this park in Northeast D.C. provide a unique view of the rest of the city. The park was also one of the city's ramparts used during the civil war, which makes sense as it's on a ridge. Photo by Courtney Spearman of the Cultural Landscape Foundation.

Fort Lincoln Dr NE
Washington, DC

7. Harbour Square

510 N St SW, Washington, DC 20024

This view from the Harbour Square co-op in Southwest D.C. is close to the Washington Channel and has an excellent view of the Harbour. Also, as one tipster pointed out, when the fireworks go off at nearby Nationals Stadium, there's a good view of those as well. Photo by E.L. Malvaney.

510 N St SW
Washington, DC 20024

8. Sky House

1150 4th Street Southwest, Washington, DC 20024

If you're going to call the building Sky House, for Pete's sake, there had better be stunning views. This new residential building by the Waterfront definitely delivers. Not only is it possible to see those views of the National Mall and Northern Virginia from the rooftop, but during the summer it's possible to gaze out from within the building's rooftop swimming pool. Photo by Gerry Suchy.

1150 4th Street Southwest
Washington, DC 20024

9. Kennedy Row

Washington, DC 20003

From its spot near RFK Stadium, Kennedy Row provides a great view of the tree-covered homes of Capitol Hill and the land east of the Armory. Sunglasses are a must for this view, even if you do prefer to gaze at the city from a couch in a shadier spot. Photo by Valerie Paschall.

10. Capella Washington D.C.

1050 31st Street N.W., Washington, DC 20007

One of D.C.'s newest hotels offers a stunning view as it's directly on the C&O Canal. What's more, guests can gaze over the canal from either the cozy rooftop lounge (shown here) or their rooftop pool.

1050 31st Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20007