August 29, 2012 1:51 PM

Capital view of Washington from the Old Post Office Tower

The National Park Service announced last month that the Washington Monument may be closed until 2014 for repairs to damage from last year’s earthquake, no doubt disappointing tourists who wanted to see the capital city from 555 feet above the center of the National Mall – and the hosts who’d hoped to show off the city’s finest bird’s-eye view.

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