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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

April 28-30, 2000

400 Michigan Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20017-1566




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Deacon Douglas Sinchak, T.O.P.

6101 Goodman Road

Laurel, MD 20707


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Dominican Rosary Pilgrimage

Rose Folsom, T.O.P.

Dominican Rosary Pilgrimage 

Immaculate Conception Chapter

212 Hillsboro Drive

Wheaton, MD 20902



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Executive Director:

Fran Margaret Castello Griffin, T.O.P.





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N.B. : The listings below are provided as an aide and do not represent an endorsement by the Pilgrimage sponsors.  Please note that like all large cities, Washington, D.C., has areas that are safer than others, so caution should be used in selecting hotels. If your main criteria for selecting a hotel are: avoiding driving in the city, safety, or cost, then it will be best to select a hotel in the Maryland or Virginia suburbs and commute via Metro. If you would like to stay in the city, the area between Dupont Circle and Connecticut Ave has a number of hotels and has the added advantage of being near metro, tourist sites, St. Mathew's Cathedral and the Monastery for the Dominican Contemplative Nuns (on 16th street ).  MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS EARLY!  Washington is beautiful in the spring and it is the start of high tourist season

Religious, Retreat House

All those listed originally are now filled so we have removed them from this page.









Day's Inn Hotel

8040 13th Street

Silver Spring, Maryland

77.28 (including tax) per day

4 star hotel

Walking distance to Silver Spring Metro (7- 10 minutes)

(2 stops to Brookland) 


Free parking.  Ask for Dominican Rosary Pilgrimage rate

Cut-off for rate: March 12.

Day's Inn Hotel 

140 rooms - First Come/First served basis- 
Make reservations as soon as possible.
$83/per room 1 or two persons - $93/room 3 persons - 
$103/room 4 persons

Terrence DiBella (202)244-5600 X 265 or 1-800-952-3060; Fax:

Ask for special "Dominican Rosary Conference" rate or code DBFT.

4400 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
Nearest Metro: Van Ness (1 block -- 10 stops to Brookland)

Greenbelt Marriott
6400 Ivy Lane

Greenbelt, MD 20770

99.00 weekend rate 

Rate may change, book early

Suites available at different rate

Walking distance to Greenbelt Metro (half mile)--20 to 30 minute metro ride including transfer;

Shuttle available based on availability

Short, easy drive to Metro

Driving time-- hotel to shrine: 20 to 25 minute.
(301) 441-3700


The Virginian Suites 

1500 Arlington Blvd

Arlington, VA

$105. Suites with a full kitchen 

Free parking, free shuttle to and from airports.

Walking distance to Rosslyn Metro with a free shuttle bus (9 stops with transfer at Metro Center-- about 22 to 30 minutes). 

Ask for Dominican Rosary Pilgrimage

Cut-off for rate: March 27

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Lodging Websites

Washington, D.C. Bed and Breakfast, Hotel, Guest House Lodging Accommodations 

Washington, D.C. Hotels - Discount Hotel Rates -Free Online Booking - Capitol Reservations

Washington D.C. Hotels - U.S. Capital District of Columbia - Discounts at Hotels

WASHINGTON DC HOTELS and Reservations -- Room Finders

Washington DC Hotels, Accommodations, and Lodging

Quikbook - For a great hotel at a great price




  Driving Directions

Shrine has large free parking lot; Silver Spring Metro 7 - 10 min

Directions from Virginia and the South

  • Take the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge (Route 66) to Constitution Avenue in Washington.
  • Travel east on Constitution Avenue to Louisiana Avenue.
  • Turn left onto Louisiana Avenue.
  • Travel two blocks and turn left onto North Capitol Street
  • Continue on North Capitol Street to Michigan Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Michigan Avenue.
  • The Basilica is four blocks east on the left.

Directions from Maryland and the North

  • Take Interstate 95 South onto the Capital Beltway (Route 495) west (toward Virginia).
  • Travel the Beltway a short distance to Exit 28
  • Take Exit 28 onto New Hampshire Avenue (Route 650 south).
  • Proceed along New Hampshire Avenue approximately 2.5 miles to North Capitol Street.
  • Turn left onto North Capitol Street (headed south).
  • Follow North Capital Street for approximately two miles and exit at the Soldiers' and Airmen's Home.
  • Turn left at the end of the exit ramp onto Scale Gate Road.
  • Follow Scale Gate Road east to the intersection with Harewood Road.
  • Turn right on Harewood Road.
  • The Basilica is three blocks south on the left.

Alternate Directions from Maryland and the North

  • Take Interstate 295 south from either the Baltimore Beltway or the Washington Capitol Beltway
  • Follow Interstate 295 to signs saying Route 50 West, New York Ave (exit to right)
  • Follow New York Avenue a short distance to South Dakota Ave. 
  • Take South Dakota Ave to Monroe Street
  • Turn Left on Monroe street until it terminates at Michigan.  Turn left on Michigan.  Shrine is 2 blocks on right.

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Take metro to  Redline Route's Brookland Station (Catholic University). Driving directions for folks arriving from out of town are provided below (from Metro website). 


How to find a Metro station by car:
There are 75 Metro stations in service. Here are directions to the most accessible Metro stations from outside of Washington. Good news! They also have the largest parking lots. Even better: parking is FREE at Metro-operated lots on weekends and federal holidays. Most weekends, it's easy to find a space at Metro parking lots. On weekdays, they fill up early. TIP: You can almost always find a space at the Greenbelt station.

Arriving from the north
(Philadelphia, Baltimore via I-95 or Baltimore-Washington Parkway)

From north or west of Washington, take I-495 east/south to Exit 24 which takes you directly to Greenbelt station. From south or east of Washington, take I-495 west/north to exit 23 (Kenilworth Avenue/Maryland Route 201). Take Route 201 north toward Beltsville. Turn left onto Cherrywood Lane and look for Metro station signs. The station entrance is on the right off Cherrywood Lane immediately after the bridge crossing I-495. From north of Washington via I-95 or Route 29, take I-95 south to I-495/I-95 east/south toward Andrews AFB. Take I-495 east/south to exit 24 (Greenbelt station). Estimated time: 20 - 30 min. (change at Fort Trotten)


Arriving from the northwest
(Frederick via I-270)

Follow I-270 to the I-370 East exit. Proceed east for approximately 3 miles. Look for Metro logo and station signs for Shady Grove Metrorail Station and parking. Estimated time: 45 min.

Arriving from the West
(Front Royal, Manassas via I-66)

Take I-66 east to Nutley Street (VA Rte. 243) South. Follow signs to Metrorail parking. Estimated time: 1 hour

Arriving from the South
(Fredericksburg via I-95)

From south of Washington via I-95, take Franconia Road (Rt. 644) east to the second traffic light, Frontier Drive. Turn right on Frontier Drive and continue on Frontier Drive, under the Franconia-Springfield Parkway, to Franconia-Springfield station. Estimated time: 1 hour (change at Metro Center)


Proceed north on I-95 to intersection of I-95 and I-495 (Capital Beltway). Follow I-95 north (Outer Loop) to Exit 2A-Telegraph Road South. At end of exit ramp continue straight onto Huntington Avenue. Station is approximately a half mile on right.

Arriving from the east
(Annapolis, Eastern Shore via US 50)

Follow U.S. Route 50 West to sign marked I-95 North towards Silver Spring. Do not enter highway; instead take exit which says "Local Only - Garden City Drive." Look for Metrorail station signs. Station is approximately 3/4 mile ahead on right. Estimated time: 45 min. (change at Metro Center)

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Transportation and Sightseeing Links

Metro Train/Bus/Airport

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Home Page All the info you need to get around town

The RideGuide Plug in your Washington, D.C. starting point, destination, date, and time and the guide will tell you how to get there by bus or Metrorail and the cost. The guide will generate several routes. It will be easiest to stick with those that maximize use of Metrorail.

Brookland Station General information for REDLINE station that is closest to the Shrine  including last train and Bus route numbers

DC Bus Schedules

Amtrak Schedules
Unofficial but approved guide by a railroad enthusiast
Amtrak Official guide
Maryland MTA - MARC Train for local trains in Maryland and DC (two main routes: Baltimore to DC, Martinsburg WV to DC)

Washington DC City Pages: Travel : Taxi Services  


Note: Check fares to all three airports as often prices can vary significantly

Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (Reagan National and Washington Dulles) Reagan National has Metro service

BWI International Airport   With AMTRACK service to Washington

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Annunciation Sr. Mary Grace Thul 

 Dominican Monastery, Washington, D.C.


Azaelas in Full Bloom at National Arboretum (beg. May)


Downtown Interactive Maps Info, high fidelity maps with buildings

Official Washington Tourist Site

District of Columbia

City Spin: An in-depth guide to Washington

Washington DC: Travel Information - Tourist, Visitors 

DC Online
Comprehensive site with Maps, Tourist Sites, events, info for visitors and locals alike

AOL.COM: Washington, DC Up to date information on what's happening

A Guide to Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C,  Smart Guide

See the sites with Metro

Washington Sidewalk Microsoft's City Guide


National Arboretum

Spiritual Tourism/Pilgrimages

Sundays at St. Matthew's Cathedral  One of the most impressive houses of worship in the United States, Cathedral for the Diocese of Washington

National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception: restaurants, map

Franciscan Monastery  Replicas of Holy Land Sites, outdoor gardens with Stations of Cross, catacombs, large church

Port Tobacco Carmel   First Carmelite Monastery in US.  Historical Site

St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Shrine Emmitsburg, Md.  Visit site where first American born saint, St Elizabeth lived. Historical buildings and Basilica containing her relics.

Basilica of the Assumption Designed by Benjamin Latrobe (Architect of the Capitol), the Basilica is considered one of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in the world.

St. Jude's Shrine the Nationwide Center of St. Jude Devotions, located in the heart of Baltimore, Maryland.


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