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Cleveland Park is located northwest of downtown Washington, DC, approximately 3 miles (5 km) from the White House (map here). It would be rather long walk, not interesting, rather boring in the beginning and uphill in the end. Better do not waste you time. I got there by car.
It was not difficult to get from downtown Washington DC to the Washington National Cathedral in Cleveland Park. This time luckily navigating was quite easy. The key name is Massachusetts Avenue which goes northwest from Union Station to the cathedral, at the ebd of the itinerary watch and follow the sign, turn right to Wisconsin Avenue, the Cathedral is up on your right. Well, the only problem was counting all those numerous (10!) streets (take 5th) leaving huge roundabout (unique in the USA) called Dupont Circle. This Dupont had to be really someone great and probably French as they love roundabouts in France. Well, problems started when I finally teached the cathedral hill. Read my Warnings Or Dangers tip.
Get driving directions from here
BY METRO + METROBUS/FOOT :-)
Take a red line metro to Tenleytown/AU station (map here) and take any "30" series bus going south on Wisconsin Avenue or walk. It's 1.5 half mile (2.5 km) downhill walk. Details here
Details on public transportation in my Washington DC's Transportation tips.
Updated Mar 13, 2007
There were some places to park a car very close to the cathedral edifice but they were decorated with those signs with a red mysterious writing: "tow away" and below "if towed..." and very expensive phone number. Hmm... "tow away" is a basic English phrase to learn for a foreign driver.
As I had already known it I started to drive in my usual in Europe way when I look for parking place. I drove cirle way always right starting from smaller circles to larger ones. I didn't have exact map of the area but free map of Washington, DC. Well, in case of getting lost I had a software map in my laptop in a trunk. Anyway, driving along long rows of parked cars I thought how many cars the locals had per one family/house, 5 or more?
When I finally found a gap exactly for my long (in my European mind) car and parked the car almost in Paris style (bumper to bumper) I noticed small, funny, suprisingly yellow not red, vertical pipe just by the back door. Oh my God, I surely knew well that parking by any hydrant is strictly forbidden in the USA. More, your car maybe towed away that must be very expensive, I guess. Well, just in case of real fire of a house you might be charged of possible loss, poor you and your kids in that case. Hmm... in some European regions (if you drive more to south and east in Europe) noone cares about any hydrants.
OK. No way, I continued "circulating" and after maybe long 20 min. I was lucky to find place for my tired Buick Le Sabre, by coincidence even not very far from the cathedral, maybe some 500 yards along 36th street (map here).
Now, I got to know that 18-month garage construction project began in July 2005, details here. Bravo! I knew that the USA was a car country :-) although temporarily the construction may cause even more problems.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Luggage and bags: If you you want to walk downhill and back up squeeze your luggage to minimum especially when you unluckily weigh some extra kilograms/pounds more than you would like to.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shoes? Yes, it's not a mosque. Clothing? What you want but do have something on, it's pretty cold inside in summer and you may always meet some conservative madams. Check my next pictures, please. Weather gear? I needed umbrella in October.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It's a civilized country, no worries :-). There is a toilet paper (soft one and with nice aroma) and hand dryers in toilets, opps... restrooms.
Photo Equipment: To take good quality pictures inside the cathedral take a tripod although I didn't see any crazies carrying tripods. Well, if you have a large, heavy camera fix it to higher speed in a digital one or choose appropriate film, say 400 DIN (= lower quality as well), keep your camera steady and... good luck; excuse, no chance (look at my picture) if you suffer from Parkinsonism though.
If you want to take mysterious pictures with a fog don't go to Foggy Bottom (it's a sunny district) but just to Cleveland Park.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: No camping or picknicking in cathedral grounds! And just in case... do not enter any private property, you maybe shot at place, it's the Federal City :-).
Miscellaneous: Keep smiling :-) God loves it and you :-)
Updated Jan 10, 2006
If it didn't start to rain I would probably take longer walk off the beaten path around Cleveland Park. Although with all those additional kilograms (pounds) I had unfortunatelly gained doing nothing (read: writing VT-pages) I didn't want to go too far downhill. Anyway, I eventually took a short trip down the Bishop's Garden of the National Cathedral and along residential streets as well. I enjoyed especially concert which local birds gave for me. It's strange but those small birds, hidden among tree branches occupied only some trees and completely ignored others of the same species. Why? Anyway, I think that I have seen official bird of Washington, DC called Wood Thrush but I am not a bird specialist (except for roasted chicken).
The other my (even more Urszula's) enjoyable activity in upclass, residential American neighbourhoods was looking at beautiful and kitchy (well, it's a matter of taste), larger and smaller, highly ordered and somewhat messed houses and frontyards. I was always fascinated by diversity and quite often by good taste of their owners or designers (in upclass districts!).
Unfortunatelly in Cleveland park I was at the beginning of my long Southern oddysey thus I wasn't yet so crazy to take pictures of private houses although quite many were worth of it in Cleveland Park. It usually takes me a few days to catch the full photography bug especially for taking pictures of human beings and their properties haha. But at least I took a picture of house entrance decorated for incoming Halloween. These large round vegetables with orange flesh are called pumpkins. Well, well, Americans, believe or not, there are quite many people on our planet (and on VT) who have never seen any pumpkin besides it's a key word for everyone visiting the USA in October haha. Warning: in the South locals pronounce "pumpkin" a bit different than in DC :-).
Updated Jan 18, 2006