Stop Looking At The Screen! Get Outdoors At These Top D.C. Spots

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 Bei Bei, a young panda born at the zoo two years 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.




Honoring the 16 million who served in the U.S. military and the more than 400,000 who gave their lives, the National World War II Memorial offers a breathtaking tribute. Two semi-circles are made up of 56 granite pillars standing tall inside the...  Read More

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
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Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens was originally owned by Civil War veteran Walter B. Shaw. Longing for his homestate of Maine, he had wild water lilies planted on the estate. He later started W.B. Shaw Lily Ponds in 1912 which was visited by...  Read More

C & O Canal National Historic Park
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Before the days of planes, trains and automobiles, goods made their way across the region via the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. Stretching 185 miles and hugging the boarders to three states, this travel route dates back to the early 1800s....  Read More



In 1912, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki gifted Washington, D.C. with 3,000 cherry trees. To commemorate his generosity, the Cherry Blossom Festival was born. Tourists from all over the world come to the Tidal Basin to see the blooms which come out on...  Read More

National Gallery Sculpture Garden
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The works of Leonardo Da Vinci, Auguste Rodin, Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas are quite enchanting but before you make your way inside the National Galley of Art be sure to check out the museum's memorable sculpture garden. See installations like...  Read More

Theodore Roosevelt Island and Memorial
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Perhaps most remembered for his conservation efforts, it is only fitting that the nation's 26th president Theodore Roosevelt have a living memorial. In the 1930s, crews transformed the neglected overgrown farmland site, then known as Mason's...  Read More

Rock Creek Park


There are so many things to do at Rock Creek Park you may need more than a day to complete them. Encompassing more than 2,000 acres, the park features over 32 miles of hiking trails, a bevy of roads and trails for bicyclists to take on and...  Read More

National Zoological Park
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Lions, monkeys and elephants. Oh my! Located in Northwest Washington, D.C., The National Zoological Park features a variety of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The stars of the show are the pandas especially Bei Bei, who is the youngest. Fans...  Read More

United States National Arboretum
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The nation's capital is crammed full of buildings, streets and Metro stops but for those looking for a quiet getaway inside the district's borders, head to the United States National Arboretum. The 446-acre campus features trees, shrubs and...  Read More

The National Mall
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Kids love to run around and most of the indoor attractions in the area frown on that so turn them loose on the lawn portion of the National Mall. On warm days, you will find a number of people setting up picnics or playing pick up games of...  Read More


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