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Old Post Office Clock Tower

The Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue is a lesser-known tourist attraction in Washington, D.C. Visitors can take the Clock Tower Tour, in which they ride an elevator to the 9th and 10th floors of the clock tower to see the bells that ring for the U.S. Congress. The elevator then takes visitors to the observation deck, where they can see as far as Tyson's Corner from above the city.

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The Pennsylvania Avenue entrance to the Old Post Office stands open to visitors.

The Pennsylvania Avenue entrance to the Old Post Office stands open to visitors.1Picture by Emma LansworthA sign hangs in the Old Post Office pavilion, where several restaurants and shops are located, inviting visitors to take the Clock Tower Tour.2Picture by Emma LansworthThe architecture of the interior of the Old Post Office can be fully appreciated on the elevator ride up to the bells.3Picture by Emma LansworthA sign from protests held to stop the Old Post Office from being torn down is one of many artifacts relating to the Old Post Office displayed on the 9th floor.4Picture by Emma LansworthA personalized clock for the Old Post Office hangs with the bell pulleys.5Picture by Emma LansworthThese ropes are pulled by members of the Washington Ringing Society of the North American Guild of Change Ringers to ring the bells that signify the opening and closing of Congress on national holidays or other significant days. 6Picture by Emma LansworthThis is one of ten bells inside the Old Post Office clock tower that ring on certain occasions for Congress. 7Picture by Emma LansworthThe Washington Monument is just one of many D.C. landmarks visible from the observation tower.8Picture by Emma LansworthThe U.S. Capitol is also visible in the distance from the observation tower.9Picture by Emma LansworthThis small green machine controls the tower's clocks, which are located on all four sides of the tower.10Picture by Emma LansworthPast visitors have thrown change on the sides of the clock tower, most likely for good luck.11Picture by Emma Lansworth

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