Where to Go in Washington, DC for Panoramic Views

Kennedy Center at Dusk | Courtesy of the Kennedy Center (Photo by Regis Vogt)
Kennedy Center at Dusk | Courtesy of the Kennedy Center (Photo by Regis Vogt)

Washington, DC contains a pretty fantastic mix of history, culture, nature, and beautiful residential areas. Some of America’s most iconic buildings are in this city, and there are plenty of vantage points to experience its full beauty. Visit these places for some of the best views in Washington, DC.

P.O.V at the W Hotel

Bar, Restaurant, Hotel Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Healthy
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Taken from POV
Taken from POV | © Ted Eytan/Flickr
The swanky W hotel in downtown DC houses the P.O.V bar, restaurant and terrace on the top floor. The views of the White House are unbeatable from here, so relax with a beverage and enjoy.


The 6th floor balcony terrace of the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue gives you some of the best views of the Capitol from up high, and a bird’s eye view of historic Pennsylvania Avenue. It costs $20 to visiting the Newseum, but both the museum itself and the prime picture taking spot make it fully worthwhile.

Newseum – 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, +1 (202) 292-6100

Newseum | Courtesy of The Newseum

National Cathedral

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View of the Twin Towers from the National Cathedral
View of the Twin Towers from the National Cathedral | Courtesy of National Cathedral
You’ll have to climb over 300 steps to get to the top of the Cathedral’s central tower, but you will be rewarded with one of the highest panoramic views in the city, which on a good day can stretch far west the Blue Ridge Mountains. You will also get an up close view of the beautiful architecture and panorama of the city, at any time.

Capital Wheel at the National Harbor

The glowing Capital Wheel at the National Harbor offers a whimsical view of the city and Alexandria across the water. Whether you are riding 180 feet above the waterfront or just catching a glimpse of it, the Capital Wheel offers one of the most unique views around. It’s best enjoyed at sunset. For a full experience, choose the VIP gondola with a glass bottom.

Capital Wheel – 116 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD, +1 (301) 842-8650

Capital Wheel | Courtesy of The Capital Wheel

Meridian Hill Park

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Meridian Hill Park
Meridian Hill Park | © Rudy Riet/Flickr
Perched at the top of a hill, you can get views of the beautiful surrounding row houses and residential DC, along with some of the more popular sites in the distance. This park is loved by locals, and the picturesque cascading waterfall fountain is worth checking out, as it is one of the largest in the country.

U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima)

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Iwo Jima Memorial
Iwo Jima Memorial | © scatteredView/Flickr
More commonly referred to as the Iwo Jima Memorial, this is one of the best spots in the DC area to get top-notch views of the city from the Arlington, Virginia side. It’s also one of the best spots to watch the Fourth of July fireworks over the National Mall.

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