The View of DC

Visitors will be granted complimentary access to The View of DC. Each visitor to the Observatory will need to present valid government-issued identification for admission.

The best views of Washington, D.C., are often seen from an airplane landing at Ronald Reagan National Airport. No longer. A new building is now offering prime views of the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument, the National Mall, National Cathedral and Georgetown University.

It’s not in D.C. proper. It’s across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia. The Observation Deck at CEB Tower in Arlington opened June 21. The all-glass tower has panoramic views of the nation’s capital, Virginia and Maryland. It was designed by Legends, the firm behind One World Observatory at the World Trade Center in New York City and OUE Skyspace in Los Angeles. The CEB Tower is now the tallest building inside the Beltway, as the main highway around the nation’s capital is called. Perched on the 31st floor, The Observation Deck provides 360-degree views of the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia skylines.

The deck features 12,000 square feet of unobstructed observation space as well as an open-air terrace. It has technology that leads guests through a self-guided tour of the nation’s history. Interactive digital touch-screen displays share the timeline of some of the most important moments of the nation, including the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The “Windows into History” exhibit includes information on some of the city’s most important landmarks, including the Washington Monument. The space also includes a café with pizzas, sandwiches and both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. On a recent clear day, Justin Coughlan, an Arlington resident, was at the deck with his mother Barbara, visiting from Williamsburg, Virginia. “This is a new way to look at the capital,” he says. “You learn so much history, too,” his mother chimes in.  Tickets are $22 per adult and available at


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