The National Cathedral is one of my top-two favorite spots in DC. Built in the manner of a classic Gothic cathedral, complete with cool gargoyles and stonework, it still has modern touches throughout. The stained glass is stunning, including one with a piece of moon rock. The grandeur of the main nave contrasts nicely with the small side chapels and the lower level chapels. While it usually has many tourists, you can find a spot in one of the small chapels to meditate or pray. There are a lot of nice nooks in the place. It's great to photograph as well. There is an excellent gift shop selling religious items and books as well as nice general gifts. The gardens outside are well tended and full of seasonal flowers and plants, great for wandering. It's easy to get to and there is street parking in the area. A wonderful, timeless experience for visitors and locals alike.
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