One of the closest attractions to our apartment, the National Cathedral is a majestic piece of architecture towering above northwest DC. Dani and I climbed 333 steps to the bell tower for a spectacular view of the city. Of note: this is not the tour for you if you are claustrophobic or afraid of heights (of which I am both!). The tour starts with a (very) narrow assent up the limestone passageway and ends with a (wobbling) spiral staircase, as you climb the final steps to the bell tower.
The panoramic views of the city, and the ringing of the bells as we reached the top were certainly worth all those steps! Our tour gathered for a short history of the Cathedral and a demonstration of the bells by the Washington Ringing Society—it was fascinating to see in person.