Old Post Office Tower

Overview

The Old Post Office Tower soars to 315 feet, making it third in height among the buildings of the nation's capital. The 270-foot observation level allows visitors an awe-inspiring view of the city and the area. Here also are the century old tower clock and the Bells of Congress. The latter were a Bicentennial gift from the Ditchley Foundation in England. Beneath the observation deck is the tower clock, now more than a century old.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the tower is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except Thursdays when the tower closes at 7 p.m. for bell ringing practice. On Sundays and Federal Holidays, the tower is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. From Labor Day to Memorial Day, the tower is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. On Sundays and Federal Holidays, the tower is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The tower will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Days.
The Old Post Office Tower park staff offers interpretive tours along Pennsylvania Avenue upon request every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Self Guided Tours begin approximately every five minutes from the elevator lobby on the stage level of the Old Post Office Pavilion. Visitors board the glass elevator to the exhibit area and then follow the signs to gain access to the 270 Level. The Observation Deck is exposed to the elements and possibly may be closed during inclement weather.

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Seasonality / Weather

Washington has a temperate climate typical of the Mid-Atlantic U.S., with four distinct seasons. Summer tends to be very hot and humid. Spring and fall are mild. Winter can bring cold temperatures, frozen precipitation and, on occasions, major snowstorms.

Directions

Driving: 

Interstate 395 provides access to the city from the south. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the north. Interstate 66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29 provide access from the west. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the east.

Flying: 

Three major airports link Washington, D.C. with the rest of the country and the world. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport all have limousine, taxi cab, or Metro services available that will connect with the National Mall.

Public Transport: 

The Washington Metro station nearest to the Old Post Office Tower is Federal Triangle on the Blue and Orange Lines. Federal Triangle station is located beneath the Ariel Rios Building which stands directly across 12th Street, NW from the Old Post Office Tower. Metro Center also is close, being just two blocks north of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Metro Center services the Red, Blue, and Orange lines. Also nearby is Archives/Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; this Green and Yellow line station is a convenient three blocks east of the Old Post Office Tower.

Metrobus lines 32 and 36 stop on Pennsylvania Avneue near the site on weekdays.