Hear the leaves crunch beneath your feet on a hike through Rock Creek Park. With 25 miles of trails, there’s no shortage of beautiful fall vistas, like the walking bridge (pictured) or the old stone bridge on Beach Drive.- Photo by Margie Ortiz
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Pictured: Hillwood Estate Japanese Garden in fall
Head to Hillwood Estate, Museum & Garden before late fall for serene scenes. The Japanese-Style Garden (pictured) on the hillside is a favorite, as is the Rose Garden, where matriarch Marjorie Post chose to have her memorial.- Photo by Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
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Pictured: The Washington Harbour in Georgetown
Find a riverfront, like the Washington Harbour in Georgetown (pictured), and amble in sight of changing leaves, arched bridges and the glistening Potomac River.
The National Mall undergoes a gold-and-red makeover in autumn. From the U.S. Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial and in between, get into the autumn spirit as the nation’s landmarks offer extra colorful photo opportunities.
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Pictured: Constitution Gardens
The pond at Constitution Gardens, an urban oasis located near Constitution Avenue and 17th Street NW on the National Mall, reflects the colors of the season. Walk to its island to discover a memorial to all 56 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
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Pictured: Fall foliage around the Jefferson Memorial
A favorite spot to ooh and ah at the cherry blossoms in spring, the Tidal Basin by fall transforms to a just-as-awe-inspiring spectacle. The sights of autumn are especially punctuated by the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument and glimmering water.
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Pictured: Biking the Mount Vernon Trail
Bike or walk along the Mount Vernon Trail for spectacular vistas of the Potomac River, Washington, DC skyline and plentiful foliage.
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Pictured: Evening on the National Mall
A popular spot year-round, the National Mall features scintillating sunsets in fall, plus family-friendly picnic space and national treasures like the Lincoln Memorial, Reflection Pool and Washington Monument, among others.- Photo by Mariana Oliveira