Visitors to downtown DC now have a new option to enjoy the skyline of the nation’s capital.
The National Park Service (NPS) has resumed tours of the clock tower at the Old Post Office Pavilion. Tours were discontinued in early 2014 as work began on a $200 million construction project to convert the former post office to what is now Trump International Hotel.
The tower may become a popular destination for those hoping to enjoy breathtaking views of the District. The Washington Monument is expected to remain closed for repairs until early 2019. A tower visitor I spoke with says it seemed like the best alternative to the frequently closed Washington Monument, “this is the fifth time I’ve been here and it’s been closed off every time.” She found out about the tower’s reopening on Twitter and decided to bring a group of 48 students and parents from Mississippi.
The 315-foot clock tower is operated by NPS, which offers free tours to the public between 9am-5pm Thursday thru Sunday. Visitors are advised to arrive by 4:30pm to be granted access to the tower. Tower guests can enter the tower from the rear (south side) of the hotel through an entrance off of 12th Street.
Visitors will also see exhibits detailing the history of the pavilion, where construction was finished in 1899.