Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the cost?

$39 per person per night.

Who can stay?

Read about Who Stays With Us and group size requirements.

When are you open?

We are a year-round facility, open 365 days a year.

Where are you located?

The Pilgrimage is centrally located in the business and residential district of Dupont Circle, in the heart of Washington, D.C. We are accessible via public transport or taxi we from Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport and Union Train Station. The nearest subway stop four blocks away on the Red line and our facility is on the routes of several Metro bus lines.

Dupont Circle is a vibrant shopping and restaurant district of the downtown area and is walking distance to Georgetown, Embassy Row, and Adams Morgan. The DC metro subway system goes between Dupont Circle and Ronald Reagan National Airport and between Dupont Circle and Union Station, where the train and bus stations are located.

Is parking available?

Parking is available, but we have limited space in our small urban lot. Groups must limit the number of vehicles they bring. Contact staff for further information.

How do we get around DC while we are there?

Please note that The Pilgrimage DOES NOT provide any sort of transportation or shuttle service! Driving is always an option; however, parking can be difficult to find and/or costly in the city. Fuel costs can range from 20-60 cents per gallon over the national average.  We suggest our groups use the subway system or ride the buses. Metro information can be found at www.wmata.com.

Week long groups usually spend between $20 and $30 per person on metro fares. If you are doing a social justice program with us, you will receive both driving and metro directions to all of your service sites.

What is your facility like?

We have 3 dorm-style bedrooms with a 40 bed capacity.  Our kitchen is fully functioning with a stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, three refrigerators, and most other essential other cooking materials.  Adjoining the kitchen is a dining area with tables and chairs, and a small common area with couches.  Our bathroom facilities are divided into a men’s and women’s bathroom, each with sinks, toilet stalls, and shower stalls.  The facility is safe and secure, locked 24/7. There is only one outside entrance and group leaders have that key. Furthermore, we have lockers you can use to store items.  Look At Our Layout and Pictures of our facility.

Do you have Wi-Fi?

Yes. During your stay at The Pilgrimage you will be given access to our free, secure Wifi network. 

What supplies do you provide at The Pilgrimage?

  • Stove and Oven

  • Refrigerators (3)

  • Dishwasher

  • Toasters (8 slots total)

  • Coffee Makers (two 12-cup coffee makers)

  • Microwave

  • Dishes (plates, bowls, cups, mugs)

  • Silverware

  • Pots/pans

  • Miscellaneous basic cooking items (mixing bowls, frying pans, baking sheets, spatulas, whisks, can openers, etc.)

  • Dish towels and cloths

  • Dishwasher Detergent

  • Dishwashing Liquid, dish sponges

  • Bathroom supplies: toilet paper, hand soap, paper towels (bathrooms only)

  • Disinfectant Floor Cleaner

  • Mops / Brooms

  • Vacuum Cleaners

  • Shower / Tile Cleaner

  • Trash Bags

The Pilgrimage often has leftover items, such as shampoo/conditioner, laundry detergent, spices, coffee filters, condiments, and various non-perishable items. We do not guarantee there will be leftover items for your group.

What things do I need to bring on my Pilgrimage trip?

  • Linens (sheets, blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, towels)

  • Paper towels and paper napkins for the kitchen and any other disposable paper/plastic products

  • Food (you will be given a list of grocery stores in the area when you arrive)

  • Laundry Detergent

  • Toiletries

  • Clothing

  • Camera

  • Water bottle

  • Comfortable walking shoes

Do you have a dress code policy?

If you are doing service work in D.C. you will need long pants, closed-toe shoes, and shirts with full short sleeves (minimum). Please don't bring tank tops or shirts with inappropriate slogans or content. Long pants cannot be pjs, leggings, sweatpants, or super tight-fitting. Cllothing should not be ripped or have holes.

If you will be doing a World Religions weekend, please respect the following dress code: Please note that no jeans or t-shirts are permitted at many of our worship sites. Men: shirts and ties. Women: suits, dresses or medium to long skirts. For the Islamic Center, everyone must have clothing that goes below his/her knees (no shorts); no sleeveless shirts, and women must have a scarf or other head covering. Women should also wear long sleeves. Everyone must be prepared to remove his/her shoes. Slacks are acceptable as long as they are not tight. Also, no see through material is permitted.

Will we have the space to ourselves while we are there?

It will depend on the size of your group.  Often, two groups of 15 to 20 will share the space for the week or the weekend.  Our staff will coordinate with both groups to ensure that everything goes smoothly.  If your group would like to reserve the entire space, we charge for a minimum of 35 people. For more information, see our Reservation Policies.

Will there be a staff member on-site?

Our staff does not live on-site, but you will be given emergency contact information while you are here.  Our summer intern lives on-site between June and August.

If we do one of your programs, does that mean we won't have time for sight seeing?

Our staff will work closely with the group leader to ensure that the group’s schedule has the right balance of structured time and free time for your group.

How do I make a reservation?

Please call 202-387-6615 at your earliest convenience.  You may email the Pilgrimage staff with any questions, but reservations must be made over the phone.  Please note that the earlier you call, the more likely you are to reserve space.  Our busy seasons tend to fill up - sometimes about a year ahead of time, so plan ahead! 

How do I get in touch with someone who is staying at The Pilgrimage?

Contact the group leader directly to reach someone staying in the Pilgrimage. There is also a phone in the Pilgrimage facility (202-387-9626) but it is not monitored.