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.
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.
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.
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.