Best View

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
1411 W St. SE, (202) 426-5961
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
While some for-profit spaces (like lame hotels with rooftop bars) may claim their views are the best in D.C., they are wrong. The District of Columbia can be best viewed from the spot where Frederick Douglass observed it in the late 1800s: from the front yard of his Cedar Hill home in Anacostia. At around 127 feet above sea level, a visitor can easily see the Capitol dome, Washington Monument, and the non-famous structures that stand in between. Many neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River like Congress Heights offer some great views of the city. But there’s something about looking at the District from outside Cedar Hill—a home that screams “history was made here”—that makes the view extra special.