Woodley Park-Washington National Cathedral
During the nineteenth century, Woodley Park, a neighborhood situated on a peak of land rising from the valley of Rock Creek, became a desirable summer retreat from the heat and bustle of the city. By 1918, visitors to the nation’s capital could stay at the elegant Wardman Park Hotel, which quickly attracted a well-heeled and well-connect clientele. A stroll along the neighborhood’s winding streets reveals rows of immaculately maintained houses built around former estates such as Tregaron, the current campus of Washington International School, and Twin Oaks, considered the largest privately-owned estate in Washington—twice the size of the White House. The walk route includes a few unexpected sites like the ultra-modern Swiss embassy and the once-deserted Klingle Road. Ascending Mount St. Alban’s, participants will have their first glimpse of the glorious Washington National Cathedral, richly adorned with stone carvings and gargoyles. Stop to view the renowned “Creation Sculptures” that adorn the church’s west façade, then walk through the charming Bishop’s Garden to the entrance to the more rustic Olmstead Woods.
2019 dates to be announced soon.
$20 per person (kids 3 and younger free). $5 discount with U.S. military or federal government ID. Pay the walk fee in cash or with a credit card (using your smartphone) when you arrive.