Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, NW
Massachusetts and Wisconsin aves. NW (entrance on Wisconsin Ave.)
Washington DC, DC 20016
tel: +1 202 537 6200
10a-4:30p M-Su, extended hours during summer
Taking eighty-three years to construct, the Washington National Cathedral was for years the longest-running construction project in Washington DC. Envisioned as "a great church for national purposes," the National Cathedral is Washington's crown architectural jewel and is cherished by locals and visitors. Worship services are open to the public, but less known to visitors of DC are the spectacular daily tours. Available tours include: art & architecture, behind the scenes, tour and tea (reservations required, $25), organ demonstrations, garden tours (April through October except August), and the local favorite: the gargoyle tour! Guides exude passion as they bring the National Cathedral to life. Revel in the cathedral's quirks and the fascinating stories behind them. Some tours are restricted to ages 10 and up, and other tours involve stair climbing and small spaces. Visit the website or call for details. If mobility impaired, ask about accommodations. Requested contributions: $5 adults, $3 seniors, $15 families. Parking garage available via Wisconsin Ave, rates vary from $4/hr ($16 max) to $5 - $6 flat rate, free Sundays. Public transit accessible via rail then bus, see website for details.
Photo courtesy of Washington National Cathedral