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The Great Outdoors

When the concrete of the city becomes too much, Washingtonians and visitors recharge with any of these types of activities.

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2,000 acres of parkland make up Rock Creek Park, home to the National Zoo, a planetarium, outdoor concert venue and numerous trails.

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Rock Creek Park
One of the first ever federal parks, Rock Creek is chock full of activities like tours, hikes and horseback riding.

A popular gathering place for families, friends and dog owners, Rock Creek Park also runs its famed Horse Center, which conducts trail rides, lessons and tours. There are even pony rides for the little ones. The 1,700-acre park also has tennis courts, a golf course, playgrounds, planetarium and hiking trails, too. 

Tudor Place

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Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tour this neoclassical gem on five beautifully landscaped acres.

Originally owned by Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Tudor Place showcases horticultural mastery and a mansion brimming with antiques. Meander past the Tennis Lawn, which is where President Grover Cleveland used to watch matches, and stop in the Japanese Tea House, lined with white lilacs, coral honeysuckle and yellow rose.

The original Capitol Columns were moved to the National Arboretum because they couldn't support the weight of the Capitol dome. The Corinthian columns now have a home in the gardens of the Arboretum and make a perfect place for a picnic.

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National Arboretum
An arboreal journey awaits here, but you'll also find the National Herb Garden and relics from the original U.S. Capitol Building.

Let DC’s greenest space surprise you with a visit to the National Arboretum. While you’re there, take in the pillars from the original U.S. Capitol that were burned during the War of 1812.

The Capital Crescent Trail
Georgetown is the gateway for this biker-beloved trail that stretches all the way to Silver Spring, MD.

Seven miles of the 11-mile Capital Crescent Trail is paved, making it a favorite not only for bikers, but also rollerbladers. Civil War buffs would be pleased to know this trail goes past Fort Sumner.