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The Best Views of DC While the Washington Monument is Closed

The Best Views of DC While the Washington Monument is Closed
Top of the HAY. Photograph by Yodith Dammlash.

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While other venues across Washington offer knockout views of the city, few are better than the rooftops of the Hay-Adams hotel and the Top of the Town. The catch? You’ll have to be invited to an event to get atop each roof—or book one yourself. Here’s a quick look at each.

Top of the Hay-Adams Hotel

Where: DC, northern side of Lafayette Square.

What you see: A perfect vista overlooking the White House and the Washington Monument.

How much: $15,000 for a rental, $35,000 minimum for food and beverages.

Size: 3,262 square feet with an outdoor terrace.

Movies and TV: View featured in The West Wing, Parks and Recreation, and K Street.

Top of the Town

Photograph courtesy of Top of The Town.

Where: Arlington, west of the Iwo Jima memorial.

What you see: Panoramas of Washington’s skyline and the entire Mall from across the Potomac.

How much: Rental costs $1,600 (for a July weekday) to $7,700 (a June Saturday). No catering requirement.

Size: 2,700 square feet with an outdoor terrace.

Movies and TV: View featured in Captain America, House of Cards, Wedding Crashers, Charlie Wilson’s War.

From the Washingtonian Best of 2017 Reader’s Poll:

Best View of DC

POV at the W. Also popular: Newseum, Washington Monument, Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, Lincoln Memorial, Marine Corps War Memorial/Netherlands Carillon, National Mall.

View of the White House from POV at the W. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
View of the White House from POV at the W. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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