Perched atop the highest public point in the Washington, DC area, there is a new way to see Washington, DC – a sparkling new public Observation Deck on top of the CEB Tower. Floor to ceiling glass all the way around, provides panoramic views in every direction, including the Washington Mall.
In addition to the views, there are interactive touch-screen display kiosks sharing the history of the USA and the information about the buildings you are viewing. Each kiosk has a survey of questions about American life, where you can cast your vote. See the results of how everyone has voted by the elevator before you go back down.
On the main observation floor, there is a café with coffee, local beer, boutique wine, lunch items and snacks. We ordered coffee and a snack, which was good, and the staff was friendly. There is seating along the inner wall to sit and eat, ponder the view or rest a bit.
If you walk up the stairs you will find an outdoor viewing terrace on the next level, with great views of Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon.
Back on the main floor, look for the handy maps on the windowsills. There you will see the major sites labeled, which is helpful in identifying buildings and will answer a lot of your questions. When we were there, an employee came and talked to us a couple of times and pointed out interesting landmarks. He was a great unofficial tour guide.
One of our favorite things we did was having our picture taken. You have never seen a photo setup quite like this. About 2/3rds of the way around towards the exit you will come upon a free photo service. You use your phone to connect to BriziCam technology. Then you simply place your feet on the markers on the floor, look up and smile. The automated camera shoots a photo, with the view in the background. Voila, you have a great souvenir, sent right to your phone. Did I mention it is free! They also make it easy to share on social media. The hashtag is #TheViewofDC. Don’t miss this free opportunity. Be alert, as it would be easy to walk right past if you aren’t paying attention.
The observation deck and terrace is large and comfortable enough to host weddings and other special events. It would be a memorable venue that people will talk about for a long time.
It is easy to get to by subway and there is a lot to see and do here – indoor, outdoor, history, café and amazing views you will want to see and share. Be sure to add the Observation Deck at CEB Tower to your must see list when in DC. It will surely appear on the top 10 lists of things to do in Washington, DC soon.
Current Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Open seven days a week
1201 Wilson Blvd., Suite 214
Arlington, VA 22209
The box office is located at Central Place Plaza, on the 1700 block of North Moore Street, across from the Rosslyn Metro Station.
The Observation Deck box office is located across the street from the Rosslyn Metro Station. Plan your trip at www.wmata.com.
Box office Prices
Youth (ages 5-13): $12
Children (under 5): $0
Senior (age 65+): $16.98
Military & Student (with valid ID): $16.98
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If you are Arlington County residents, with proof of id, receive complimentary enter.