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Our Review of the New Observation Deck in Washington, D.C.

viewofDCTaking a trip to Washington, D.C.?  There’s a new observation deck in town, and in our opinion, it’s worth the trip!  From atop the CEB Tower in Rossyln, VA (just across the Potomac River from D.C.) , spectators will have a unique view of Arlington National Cemetery, Reagan National Airport, along with the U.S. Capitol, monuments on the National Mall and more.  Read on for our Tour Manager Erika’s review of the observation deck.


The observation deck is on the 31st floor and although it's not as high as the Washington Monument, or the observation decks in NYC, it gives a very cool view of Washington, D.C. You're high up, but not so high that you can't see details. I was impressed.

There's an outdoor deck on the 32nd floor that is accessed by a staircase (there's also an elevator). It's a small outdoor space on the south side of the building. There are floor to ceiling glass walls, so it's a full view. There's also a small room which looks out on the deck where they feel they could feed around 25 people at a time.

There are 14 digital monitors spaced throughout the observation level. There's a picture of a historical figure and it pertains to something within the view from that spot. For instance, the first side of the visit you are looking west towards Langley and the CIA. The first monitor relates to CIA director. You then can get some history and information and finally you get a thought provoking question at the end. When you're looking east, there's a picture of John and Jackie Kennedy and you're looking at the Kennedy Center.

The east side is the side where  you can see the monuments best. The Lincoln, Washington Monument and the Capital all lined up, but unlike at Iwo Jima, visitors can also get a view of the Jefferson Memorial in the picture.

Another feature is the professional photo. You can a QR code or go to the webpage, stand in a marked spot (you can fit quite a few people if you want), follow the instructions and a camera across the room takes the photo. You then download that picture. It's a professional grade photo and it's free. It's you with the Washington Monument in the background.”

The Observation Deck at CEB Tower is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Have more questions about planning a trip to Washington, D.C.?  Let NationsClassroom help.  View our many trip itineraries here that can be customized to meet your needs. 


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