Be on top of the city this summer and consider these six Instagram-worthy views from around the D.C. Metro area.
The brand-new observation deck at CEB Tower just opened June 21st. Just off the Rosslyn Metro lies the 12,000 square foot tower, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the whole region. From Georgetown to the Washington Monument to planes landing at Reagan, the views are truly breathtaking. There’s also an open-air terrace for a better look at the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery. Tickets are $22 with the option of a military or student discount. The Observation Deck at CEB Tower, 1201 Wilson Blvd., Suite 115, Arlington, VA, 703-423-0600
The only place in the city with unparalleled, up close views of the White House and Washington Monument, the POV at the W brings out a hip, fun crowd. There are communal tables and VIP sections as well as delicious seasonal cocktails like the “The Can Can,” with gin, St. Germain, white wine, honey and lemon. There is also dress code for POV dubbed “casual sophistication.” 515 15th St. NW
National Harbor is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The Capital Wheel takes riders 180 feet above the harbor’s Potomac River waterfront. Each gondola seats up to eight adults and are air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter. Sights include the Masonic Temple, National Cathedral, Washington Monument and more. 141 American Way, National Harbor, MD
The lively rooftop of The Watergate Hotel boasts 360-degree views of D.C. landmarks like the Kennedy Center, Key Bridge and Arlington Bridge. Top of the Gate is popular for after-work cocktails—the “Key Bridge Sunset” is a standout. There’s food too like artisanal pizzas made with smoked fontina, arugula and Berkshire soppressata picante. In the winter, the roof is transformed into a skating rink with cozy igloos to warm up in. 2650 Virginia Ave. NW
The longstanding rooftop restaurant at the Kennedy Center showcases house specialties like prime rib and a raw seafood bar as well as brunch options like made-to-order omelets and homemade scones and muffins. There’s a bar too for pre-theater guests to enjoy cocktails and bar food before the show. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. before shows and Sunday brunch is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 2700 F St. NW
The rooftop is available to both guests of the hotel and the general public. The Rosewood just launched a rooftop Sunday brunch on June 24th, offering brunch classics using locally and seasonally sourced food. There’s a fluffy brioche French toast, spinach and Comte quiche as well as hotel classics like their chop salad and Grill Room green juice. 1050 31st St. NW