- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 2, 2000


The Old Post Office is at 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.


The tower is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Winter hours (from Labor Day to mid-April) run from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. The 12th-floor observation deck is open to the elements and is closed in bad weather. On inclement days, visitors should call ahead.


Call 202/606-8691 for general information or 202/619-7222 for news on weather closings. The Web site is at www.nps.gov/opot. A number of special concerts and events are held in the building's pavilion. Call ahead for the schedule.


Tours are free.


Tours are conducted by National Park Service rangers every five minutes. Visitors are welcome to go on a self-guided tour of attractions on theninth and 10th floors.


The Metro's Blue and Orange lines stop at the Federal Triangle station, which is directly across 12th Street. Buses run along Pennsylvania Avenue.


Limited metered street parking is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, free all day on weekends and holidays. A number of commercial parking lots are nearby.


A wide variety of fast-food choices is available in the food court in the building's soaring pavilion. The area also offers a number of other dining choices, including the Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood.

Must see:

Don't miss the Congressional Bells on the building's 10th floor. The 10 bells were a bicentennial gift from Great Britain and were placed in the renovated building in 1983.
When changing elevators on the ninth floor, make a stop at the small historic gallery that chronicles the building's narrow escape from the demolition ball. A highlight of this mini-museum is a carved replica of the building that was crafted by a young Russian immigrant in 1908.


The observation deck is open to the elements and can be quite cold and windy. Be careful to dress accordingly.
A staircase connects the tower to the 10th floor. Nearly 100 narrow and steep stairs make it a strenuous climb for the very young or unfit. It's better to take the elevator to the top and then walk down.

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