Washington National Cathedral, Washington DC

Modeled on English medieval-style churches, Washington National Cathedral represents one of the largest cathedrals in the United States and the world. Originally begun in 1907 by President Theodore Roosevelt, the final piece was finally placed in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, and accents and decorative work continued for even longer. Of particular note in the church is the organ, constructed of more than 8,000 pipes. Look for the grave of President Woodrow Wilson. Consult the cathedral's schedule if you'd like to attend an Episcopal religious service. To visit Washington National Cathedral and get the most from your holiday in Washington DC, create itinerary details personal to you using our Washington DC travel route planner .
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  • As a resident of DC, I ALWAYS drive my guests and visitors to The National Cathedral along Embassy Row (Mass Ave) so they can have fun identifying all the embassies, and culminating at our Nation's Ca...  more »
  • A little off the beaten path, must a must see on your DC trip! The views from the top are stunning. Woodrow Wilson is the only president buried here. Stunning architecture.  more »
  • As a DC resident, I rarely stop and take in the sites. That is not true, however, for the National Cathedral that makes me smile when I walk into the nave. I stop by every time I can and take others. ...  more »
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  • Fantastic visit! Gorgeous cathedral with a fascinating story and wonderful guides. Take the guided tour, you'll learn so much more than going around on your own. Give yourself a couple of hours here to view all of the chapels, and spaces. Take the gargoyle tour if you can too! I've been here a few times and it's better every time.
  • Absolutely awesome cathedral. I had no idea there were such cathedrals outside Europe. Very authentic, somehow, yet very young. I did the Behind the Scenes tour, which is a bit steeply priced at a $15 extra, but it is so cool to go through all those doors that say, "Access Denied"! Don't forget to check out the basement - it houses 3 additional, beautiful chapels. The guides were very knowledgeable and knew how to tell a good story. Awesome!
  • This cathedral is beautiful inside and outside. Its building is majestic and imposing. On the seventh floor is the observatory. There was a display of cribs of the baby Jesus from different countries. The stained glass windows and floors are beautiful. I recommend visiting this site in Washington DC and you have to pay to do the tour, students and teachers are half price and adults $ 12.I took a lot of photos.
  • Absolutely breathtaking! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and kind. After the tour we spent another couple hours going up to the observation floor which was great. Downstairs there is additional works of christian art too. So much beautiful stained-glass and art from different time periods. This is a definite must-see when in D.C.
  • Pictures don’t do it justice! It is very nice to walk around and admire the architecture and artwork. $12 for adult admission. Nice view of DC from the 7th floor. But the main Nave is awesome to walk into! Plenty of street parking nearby on weekends.

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Most visitors to Washington, D.C., end up in the East End, the old downtown district containing most of the city's major cultural attractions. For a more authentic Washingtonian experience, consider staying at a smaller hotel just a little north or east of this busy area. Neighborhoods outside downtown offer less expensive accommodations and affordable street parking, as well as opportunities to meet more locals and fewer tourists. Alternatively, try a hotel in Georgetown, packed with high-end shops and Colonial architecture.
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