THE HATCHET'S 2015 BEST OF NORTHWEST

Washington National Cathedral

BEST FRIEND DATE

Location: 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Runners up: Busboys and Poets, Smithsonian's National Zoo

 

Spending your afternoon at the second-largest cathedral in the United States may not sound like much fun, but hear me out. The Washington National Cathedral, which was built with Indiana limestone, is a stunning place to reflect on the history of D.C. and take in its landscape.

 

On a sunny day, you can wander the 59-acre property, which includes the Bishop’s Gardens and Olmsted Woods. And oddly enough, you can grab a cup of coffee in the Old Baptistry, where a cafe is run by the owners of Tryst.

 

When Pierre Charles L’Enfant was commissioned by George Washington to design the layout of D.C., L’Enfant imagined “a great church for national purposes,” according to the National Cathedral’s website. The Gothic-style cathedral has essentially been under construction since its first stone was laid in 1907.

 

- Jeanine Marie

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