After winter has dropped its final flakes and temperatures are above 40 degrees, there is no excuse to be indoors. Put the phone down, grab some sneakers and head outside. You will find a number of can't miss outdoor activities to marvel at the beauty Washington, D.C. has to offer visitors and residents.
Put together a picnic lunch and head down to the National Mall where the Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol and Smithsonian buildings are your scenery guests. Rock Creek Park encompasses more than 2,000 acres and has a bevy of activities to enjoy inside including hiking trails, ranger-led astronomy programs at their planetarium and boat rentals.
One of the most popular outdoor attractions in the nation's capital is the National Zoological Park featuring a variety of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Come early to see the zoo's star Bao-Bao, a young panda born at the zoo over a year ago.
Since the district goes heavy on the history, head to the C & O Canal National Historic Park to see how goods made their way throughout the region before the days of planes, trains and automobiles.
Whether you chose to hike to enjoy nature or just sit and wonder at it, the nation's capital will not disappoint with its abundance of unique outdoor activities.