The Top Things To Do In Cathedral Heights, Washington DC

Photo of Jonathan Stern
9 February 2017

One of the more quiet neighborhoods in Washington DC, Cathedral Heights is an oasis of tranquility among the hustle and bustle of the city. Outside of the prominent National Cathedral, the neighborhood is relatively unknown. Here, we take a look at the top things to do in this off-the-beaten-path part of town.

Washington National Cathedral at twilight, view from the north | © WikiCommons/public domain

Washington National Cathedral

There’s no doubt that a visit to the neighborhood should include a trip to the visually stunning Washington National Cathedral. Construction on the cathedral began in 1907, with President Theodore Roosevelt laying the cornerstone. The design features influences of various Gothic styles from the Middle Ages, including pointed arches, flying buttresses, over 200 stained-glass windows and carved stone sculptures and decorations. Among the decorations are many grotesques and gargoyles adorning the exterior, including the famous one of Darth Vader!

Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 537 6200

Stroll the neighborhood streets

Cathedral Heights is one of the more quiet and quaint neighborhoods in DC, making it an excellent place to go for a stroll. The homes in this area have their fair share of interesting architectural features. The majority are detached and they come in many different styles, from Colonial to Tudor. For those who appreciate elegant architecture, the serene, tree-lined streets of Cathedral Heights are some of the best in DC.

2 Amys pizza | © Timothy Vollmer/Flickr

Pizza at 2 Amys

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2 Amys is known for its unbelievably good Neapolitan style pizza. So good, in fact, that it has consistently garnered praise as the top pizza spot in all of DC. 2 Amys prepares its pizzas with ingredients in accordance with the Italian government, meaning only soft grain flour, fresh yeast, water and sea salt is used for the dough. Italian plum tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh basil or dried oregano are used as toppings. Throw in the fantastic beer selection and amazing appetizers, and this joint can do no wrong!

The Kreeger Museum

The Kreeger Museum is a private, non-profit art museum located in the former residence of David and Carmen Kreeger. The museum grounds cover five acres of sculpture-filled gardens and are surrounded by peaceful woods. The building itself is notable, as it was designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson – one of the rare examples of his work in Washington. The artwork inside, focusing on 19th- and 20th-century artists, is astonishing, too. Visitors will find works by masters such as Monet, Picasso, Renoir and Chagall to name just a few.

Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Rd NW, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 337 3050

Head to Glover-Archbold Park

Straddling the Glover Park and Cathedral Heights neighborhoods is Glover-Archbold Park. It is named after Anne Archbold and Charles Connor Glover, the two philanthropists who donated the land in 1924. The tree-covered trail that runs the length of the park makes for the perfect after-work retreat from the busy city. Even better is the fact that not many people know about this hidden gem, making it even more of a quiet oasis in the middle of DC.

Glover Archbold Park, Washington, DC, USA

Wine and small plates at La Piquette

Head to La Piquette for a refreshing afternoon glass of wine and a snack to go along with it. This Cathedral Heights spot strives to stay true to classic French cuisine – executive chef Francis Layrle prepares a daily menu with farm raised and seasonal ingredients. Each day between lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers an afternoon menu with a few small plates and a selection of wines (including some on tap). The tartine au jambon is Parisian ham, sweet butter and French fries served with rustic bread.

La Piquette, 3714 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 686 2015