Nature & Outdoors

Get outside and explore the natural side of Washington, DC with these outdoor activities and adventures.

10 Great Running Trails & Jogging Routes in Washington, DC

When Pierre Charles L’Enfant laid out the city plans for the nation's capital, he included wide avenues, public squares and grand buildings. The District is also mostly flat and home to many trees, rivers, creeks and canals, making the city a runner’s dream. It's time to pound the pavement on these...

Best running trails and places to jog in Washington, DC - Man running in front of Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall
4 Bike Trails to Explore in Washington, DC

As DC’s gorgeous fall foliage sets in, it’s time to strap on your helmet, put air in the tires and embark on a two-wheeled adventure (with a mask in tow, of course) or set out on a peaceful trot. Below, we’ve detailed four must-ride/must-run/must-walk trails in the DC area, with the help of our...

DC Metropolitan Branch Trail
9 Exciting Things to See & Do Along the Georgetown Waterfront

While Georgetown’s cobblestone streets, cupcake stores, historic bars and stylish boutiques account for many of its charms, Washington, DC’s oldest neighborhood also sports a bevy of waterfront recreation that any visitor can thoroughly enjoy. From on-the-water revelry to dining accompanied by...

Standup paddling on the Potomac River in Georgetown - Things to do on the Georgetown Waterfront in Washington, DC
12 Amazing Boating Experiences You Need to Try on the Water in Washington, DC

As exciting waterfront destinations pull more visitors and locals closer and closer to the river, you might be surprised to know what’s waiting just beyond DC's shoreline. The area’s top boating and tour companies provide plenty of unique experiences on the water and there’s never been a better...

The best boating and on the water experiences in and around Washington, DC - Fourth of July fireworks over the Potomac River and National Mall
The Best Outdoor Parks for Date Day Plans

Parks are the perfect place for a socially distanced lunch with friends or a scenic date out of the house. Here are some popular parks in Washington, DC that are open for locals and visitors to enjoy. U.S. National Arboretum The beloved U.S. National Arboretum is open Monday through Friday from 1...

couple on the national monument
Free Things to Do: Outdoor Activities in Washington, DC

You will have no issue finding free outdoor activities in DC. From hiking and running trails such as the Billy Goat Trail in Great Falls Park to awesome places like Rock Creek Park, there are so many things to do outdoors in the nation’s capital, including activities just for kids. Check out some...

Free Outdoor Activities and Things to Do in Washington, DC - Runners at sunrise on the National Mall
14 National Parks to Explore In & Around Washington, DC

The nation’s capital and surrounding areas boast a diverse range of national parks, which of course includes the National Mall and its famous monuments and memorials in the heart of the District (known as the National Mall and Memorial Parks). Any local adventurer knows that a visit to the National...

@mcdubs88 - Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool at Sunset - Memorials in Washington, DC
Visiting Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC

Although the zoo previously reopened, as of November 23 it will be temporarily closed until further notice. Learn more . Smithsonian's National Zoo is right for you It’s not all elephants and donkeys in DC. At the National Zoo , visitors can find all sorts of animals that don’t subscribe to party...

Smithsonian National Zoo Giant Panda - Washington, DC
What's Open, Reopening, Closed and Canceled in Washington, DC

The coronavirus pandemic has affected events, attractions and other businesses throughout the Washington, DC area. The city is currently in Phase Two of recovery, which allows many businesses to reopen. Make sure to check out our list of reopened businesses and read below for more details on...

@brenntravels - Summer sunset over DC skyline flying into Reagan Airport - Best views of Washington, DC
11 Exciting Things to Do On & Around the Water in Capitol Riverfront

An urban riverfront neighborhood is a rare find, but that’s the beauty of Capitol Riverfront . Set along nearly two miles of the beautiful Anacostia River, this fast-growing neighborhood provides waterfront activities for all ages during the warmer months of the year. The river gives visitors an...

Children playing in Yards Park on the Capitol Riverfront - Things to do on the water in Washington, DC