All urbanites love rooftops — except for maybe acrophobics. 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 nine of D.C.'s the most exceptional vantage points.
— Brooks Hays