You’ve got the planned itinerary of your stay in Washington, D.C. to include visiting the museums and national parks. In case of a government shutdown though, all of these locations will be temporarily closed; so what do you do now? If that turns out to be the case, fear not, because there are plenty of other things to do in the nation’s capital. Here are the other sights and attractions in Washington DC worthy of a visit.
Other Sights and Attractions in Washington DC
Seek out Lincoln’s Summer Cottage
It’s not as iconic as the giant statue of Abraham Lincoln sitting down and looking towards the Mall and the Capitol; but the beloved president’s summer cottage located in NW Washington, is just as intimate. Lincoln’s Cottage also paints a better picture of the man, many in historians agree, as the best president of our young country. Learn about the many hats he wore as leader of the country forced to make some of the toughest decisions and also as a husband and a father raising a family in the midst of the Civil War. Regularly priced tickets are $15 for one adult but there are also concession rates for children, seniors and active military members.
Address: 140 Rock Creek Church Road, NW, Washington D.C. 20011
Visit the Places of Worship
Churches and cathedrals aren’t exactly synonymous with the nation’s capital. However, some visitors might be surprised to know that D.C. does in fact have both. The Washington National Cathedral in NW and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in NE are two other sights and attractions in Washington DC worthy of a visit.
The Washington National Cathedral is the seat of the Presiding Bishop for the Episcopalian church and one of the tallest structures in the District. Its Neo-Gothic style mimics many of those well-known churches in Europe. It sits along Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenue, in the northwest quadrant of the city and contains President Woodrow Wilson’s marble tomb and American poet Helen Keller’s ashes. Tours are available daily starting at $8 for concessions and $12 for adults. If you go on Sunday though, tours are free of charge.
Address: 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington D.C. 20016
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the other hand, sits on the opposite end and is one of the largest churches in the world. The church features Neo-Byzantine style architecture and is designated as the national and patronal Catholic Church in the United States. It welcomes over a million Catholic pilgrims annually and hosts several papal visits including that of Pope Francis in 2015. Guided tours and audio tours are available daily and are free of charge.
Address: 400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20017