The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America, and is one of the ten largest churches in the world. There is plenty to see at the Basilica before or after graduation.
The Saint John Paul II National Shrine is a place of worship, religious formation, and cultural renewal to feed the minds and souls of its visitors. It is a place of pilgrimage with a first-class relic of St. John Paul II available for veneration.
Through liturgy and prayer, art, cultural events, and religious celebrations, pilgrims can enter into our patron’s deep love for God and for man. A major permanent exhibit highlights significant events in the life of Pope John Paul II and his momentous influence as the spiritual father of one billion Catholics and as a world leader.
The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America has been named one of the Top 5 places most tourists miss when sightseeing in Washington, D.C. We invite you to take a break from the museums, monuments, and memorials and make a free “pilgrimage” to the Franciscan Monastery to take in the beauty of its gardens, find peace in the Monastery church and among the replicas of Holy Land shrines, attend a concert or event, or learn about the Franciscans’ work in the Holy Land.
A collection of 17 FREE museums and the National Zoo fall under the Smithsonian system. These are open and free to the public most days of the year. Please check the individual pages of the museums you might like to visit to check their availability.
Open 365 days of the year, Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America. Over 85 million people have visited Mount Vernon since 1860, when the estate officially opened to the public. Today, Mount Vernon welcomes an average of one million guests each year. The estate, gardens, and farm of Mount Vernon totaled some 8,000 acres in the 18th century. Presently, an estimated 500 acres of this historic property have been painstakingly preserved along the banks of the Potomac River.
See the wide array of architectural and historic pieces that help to tell the story of the United States.
The grounds of Arlington National Cemetery honor those who have served our nation by providing a sense of beauty and peace for our guests. The rolling green hills are dotted with trees that are hundreds of years in age and complement the gardens found throughout the 624 acres of the cemetery. This impressive landscape serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.
The Wharf is a mile-long stretch along the Potomac river lined with restaurants, retailers, residences and businesses paired with a fantastic view of D.C.
Potomac Riverboat Company offers sightseeing tours, private charters and water taxi transportation along the historic Potomac River. Their eight vessels connect the Washington, D.C. community by water with berths at National Harbor, Gaylord Convention Center, Georgetown, Alexandria, Mount Vernon, the National Mall, and Nationals Park for baseball games. Our working sternwheeler, Cherry Blossom, is one of the few working sternwheelers in the country and only used for private charters. Potomac Riverboat company has been serving the region for more than 30 years and hosts more than 300,000 guests each year.