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Old Post Office Pavilion

Designed by American architect Willoughby Edbrooke, this enormous Romanesque Revival building was the largest office building in D.C. when it opened in 1899. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was far from beloved in its own era. Considered dowdy by the time it opened for business, when architectural fashion had turned to rounded, more romantic Beaux-Arts design, it was soon abandoned in favor of a new mail depot building over by Union Station; 15 years after it was built, it was commonly referred to as the “old” post office.

By the late 1920s, popular sentiment in Washington was that the building should be torn down, but the Great Depression prevented the demolition; instead, the Old Post Office was left to molder for about 40 years. In the 1970s, it was saved by community support and the National Endowment for the Arts, which now has its headquarters here; in addition to a few other government agencies, the Pavilion houses several restaurants, eateries, shops and services.

Free tours of the Pavilion’s 315-foot clock tower, which offers 360-degree views of downtown Washington, are given daily by National Park Service Rangers; tours meet by the glass elevators on the Pavilion’s stage level.

Despite its modern-day popularity, the Pavilion has proved a financial liability for the city. In 2012, real estate developer (and reality show star) Donald Trump announced he’d been approved to renovate the Pavilion into the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C., which will include 250 hotel rooms, a conference center, a spa, restaurants and a museum dedicated to the building's history.

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Three-Hour DC City Night Tour, Washington DC, null
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Three-Hour DC City Night Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

This DC night tour is a duration of 3 hours. Stops include popular site such as The Capital, White House, World War ll Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial and the ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.99
Washington DC After Dark Wonder Tour, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Washington DC After Dark Wonder Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

DC after dark wonder is a comprehensive tour with the guide directing you to all the monuments and memorials at a wonderful pace while giving you fascinating ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00
Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

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See the monuments, memorials, and popular points of interest in Washington, DC on this guided, half-day, small-group tour. Enjoy a fun day of informative ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00
Washington DC City Tour, Washington DC, Half-day Tours
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Washington DC City Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This is a 3 hour mid-morning tour of Washington DC. Stops include popular sites including The Capitol building, the White House, World War ll Memorial, the ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.99
New York City to Washington DC Day Trip with Spanish Guide, New York City, City Tours
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New York City to Washington DC Day Trip with Spanish Guide

Tour from New York to Washington DC with a Spanish guide. Visit the capital of the US and its monuments of American history with exceptional museums, galleries ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Washington DC Twilight Tour, Washington DC, Day Trips
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Washington DC Twilight Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 61 Reviews

Join a bus tour that allows you to see America's Capital City when she's at her most beautiful: by twilight! On this tour, you'll visit Washington's most ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.00
Washington DC Grand Tour, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Washington DC Grand Tour

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Make your day an unforgettable trip through Washington Dc. Your bus tour of Washington DC will bring American heroes like Lincoln, Jefferson, and FDR to life ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.00
Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley and Monuments by Moonlight Tour, Washington DC, ... 
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Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley and Monuments by Moonlight Tour

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Explore Washington DC at your leisure on a hop-on hop-off trolley and see the city's landmarks illuminated on a guided night tour with this super saver combo. ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $72.90
Washington DC National Mall and Museums Pedicab Tour, Washington DC, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Washington DC National Mall and Museums Pedicab Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Hop in a pedicab and let your informative guide do the work as you explore Washington DC's must-see sights. At the National Mall, see the Washington Monument, ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $97.99

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