Washington National Cathedral
Overlooking Washington from one of the highest points in the District, the Washington National Cathedral is the second-largest cathedral in the United States and sixth-largest in the world. The Cathedral falls under the Episcopal Church and holds services, memorials, and evensong. Major services have included the funerals of Eisenhower, Reagan, and Ford, the memorials for Harding, Taft, Coolidge, Truman, and Nixon, and the inauguration prayer services for Roosevelt, Reagan, Bush, and Obama. Known as the Washington National Cathedral, the official name is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington.
It is recommended that visitors take advantage of the tours offered by the Cathedral including the 30 minute highlight tour. Areas of interest include the Bishop’s Garden, stained glass windows, tomb of President Woodrow Wilson, the choir and organ, and the observation gallery with a 360 degree view of DC. Enter the Bishop’s Garden through the stone wall on the south side of the Cathedral. The garden’s stone paths lead visitors around fountains, rose gardens, and perennials.
In order to help finance the restoration from the 2011 earthquake, the Cathedral now charges visitors a building admission fee of $10 for adults, $6 for children Monday through Saturday. Sundays remain free to the public. The Cathedral’s grounds and gardens are free all week. Additional information can be found at the Cathedral’s official site, Cathedral.org