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This Gothic-style cathedral is the sixth largest in the world and is put to all sorts of national purposes, such as President Wilsons funeral and a prayer vigil for American hostages during the Iranian crisis.
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The cathedral is amazing and it is glorious to see in person. I had actually done a paid tour with climbing the towers to see the gargoyles and the angels. I was so impressed and I would be willing to pay to do it again....More
My husband and I enjoyed being able to sit in the choir loft for a Sunday Evesong service on our visit to Washington. It was a wonderful memory. The National Cathedral is equal to some of the greatcathedrals we visited in Europe.
This is a bit of the beaten path of tourist stops. I went on my last day in D.C. The woman at the information desk was not helpful or polite when I asked some questions. Thankfully, the guides and history in the cathedral made up...More
The cathedral is large and beautiful. It was nicely decked out for the holidays and a concert by the King's Singers. The acoustics are perfect for vocal music.
While called the Washington National Cathedral, it is not part of the Federal Government and receives no...More
We were a party of nine visiting and had tickets to the 10pm Christmas Eve mass. We had a large van and were concerned with parking but we were there early enough and we had a handicapped placard so it was no problem.
I don't have too much to say about the National Cathedral. I haven't to many churches, but aside from Il Duomo in Milan, this is the nicest church I've seen. It's pretty cool, and the Christmas service is nice, and not too long.
Lovely experience in Christmas time. An excellent spiritual day with the Nativity for childten! Living animals and family friendly. You don’t need to worry if your child is noisy, this is a pkace pf acceptance.
Having been to several old cathedrals in Europe, I was anxious to see what we had to offer and I was not disappointed! Our guide had been there from the early building of the cathedral and had many interesting stories to tell. Hopefully you can...More
Tripods & selfie sticks are up to cathedral staff, taking pics of the stained glass in the brochure it said to put your camera on 'cloudy' to avoid glare, etc. I took flash off my camera & took alot of pictures, so I wasn't... More
Tripods & selfie sticks are up to cathedral staff, taking pics of the stained glass in the brochure it said to put your camera on 'cloudy' to avoid glare, etc. I took flash off my camera & took alot of pictures, so I wasn't noticed by staff. No cameras during services or concerts out of common courtesy. If you want more go to national cathedral in washington, dc, photo policy, might have more info. As long as your flash isn't popping bright every time you take a picture you should be good.
I don't know if there's a bad seat in the house, at least when the organ is being played. The pipes are at the front, but the horns are in the rear – and it's the most amazing organ I've ever heard in person. However, if... More
I don't know if there's a bad seat in the house, at least when the organ is being played. The pipes are at the front, but the horns are in the rear – and it's the most amazing organ I've ever heard in person. However, if it's a string performance, then one needs to sit close, as their sound just doesn't carry in that vast space like he organ does.
Trying to decide on a day hop on/off tour in DC. We really want to go to Washington National Cathedral & Arlington. We know Tourmobile is the only one that tours through Arlington, but Gray Line is the one that goes to National Cathedral. Does anyone know...does Gray Line stop at Arlington so we can then take the Tourmobile Arlington tour, then get back on Gray Line?
July 09, 2008|
I don't know about GrayLine, but Old Town Trolleys is a hop on/hop off bus that goes to National Cathedral and to Arlington Cemetery (although, as you already know, Tourmobile is the only company that actually goes inside Arlington Cemetery.) You can check their website for a map and tour details.
Help with figuring out itinerary/mode of transport. (4 Replies)
Not sure the best way to organize one of my days in DC (Saturday May 15), mostly how best to get around (car, train, cab, walk). We are staying in Silver Spring with a car. We want to see: Washington National Cathedral Ray's Hell Burger for lunch Arlington National Cemetery Lincoln Memorial/Vietnam War Memorial Georgetown for shopping/dinner (plus the Exorcist stairs). We're thinking of driving to Washington Nat'l Cathedral, then park at Arlington, metro to Rosslyn for Ray's...More
May 06, 2010|
It's a long walk from Georgetown to The Mall. It is a shorter walk from Arlington Cemetery to the Lincoln Memorial and beyond. If you take the Tourmobile inside the cemetery, you will save some energy for the rest of the day. Parking in Georgetown can be difficult any day of the week, but worst on weekends.
5 Day Trip to Washington DC - Itinerary (2 Replies)
My (grown up) daughter and I will be visiting the city from 20 - 25 September. Can someone help out with our proposed itinerary. We would like to visit the following : US Supreme Court The Capitol National Air & Space Museum Washington Monument Lincoln Memorial White House (Visitors Centre?) Washington National Cathedral Arlington National Cemetary Holocaust Museum Jefferson Memorial National Postal Museum Union Station Some shopping at Pentagon City Shops at...More
September 12, 2012|
Response fromMark C|
Union Station then walk to Supreme Court, Capital and Library of Congress. From there can walk to Air and Space Museum or we usually jump a bus and ride down Independence to museums that side of the mall (feet need a break!). American Indian Museum and the Botanical Garden are on the way to the Air and Space Museum and are worth the look through. American Indian Museum a great place to eat as they have some unique food. Depends on if you are a museum walker or a museum reader how long these...More