Nature & Outdoors

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

Run, Bike & Exercise Outdoors in Washington, DC

With miles of trails, the National Mall and Rock Creek Park , one of the largest urban parks in the country, the DC region boasts plenty outdoor locations to run, bike or do what the locals do – join a group exercise program. When visiting the District, be sure to check out these scenic spots and...

Exercising in Rock Creek Park - Free outdoor activities in Washington, DC
Revel in Nature at Rock Creek Park

All About Rock Creek Park Washington, DC’s Rock Creek Park – which is made up of 1,754 acres of National Park Service land from northwest DC into Maryland – is a popular retreat for the city’s outdoor enthusiasts. With lush greenery, miles of trails and picnic areas, a nature center, golf course,...

Couple Walking in Rock Creek Park - Parks & Outdoor Activities 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
12 Inspiring Public Parks & Gardens in Washington, DC

Pierre L’Enfant, DC’s first urban planner, designed “The Federal City” to be beautified by public gardens, and so it is today. You’ll find scenic landscaping around the National Mall and natural beauty in Rock Creek Park, along with dozens of gardens and parks within the nation’s capital. Here is a...

U.S. Botanic Garden on the National Mall - Free museum in 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
6 Organized Races & Marathons to Check Out in Washington, DC

Whether you’re a serious runner or like to stay active while having fun with friends, DC has great organized race options for all fitness levels.

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon runners - Top organized races and marathons in Washington, DC
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
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
10 Things to Do in Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park was founded in 1890 by the United States Congress as a recreational resource for the nation’s capital. These 1,700 acres cut a wide swath through Northwest Washington DC, providing a haven for people and wildlife. An oasis in a bustling city, most of Rock Creek Park consists of...

Rock Creek Park - Outdoor Activities & Things to Do - Washington, DC
Where to Find Water Parks & Outdoor Pools In & Around Washington, DC

When planning your best summer ever in Washington, DC, you may want to include a relaxing trip to an outdoor pool or a day-long adventure at a water park near DC. No worries – we have you covered with some of the best options at your disposal, including outdoor public pools, splash parks and hotel...

View of the water park at Six Flags America's Hurricane Harbor - Water parks in and around Washington, DC