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Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are the most famous residents of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Pictured: Giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian

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Zoo, Parks & Nature

The beautiful buildings and museums in DC may beckon you inside, but leave some time to explore DC’s natural side, from the National Zoo to Rock Creek Park.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
While visitors may not enter the friary, they are welcome to stroll the cloisters, and visit replicas of Holy Land shrines and gorgeous domed Blessed Sacrament chapel. All are welcome; there is no charge for admission.
Retreat to one of the District's peaceful gardens, home to green spaces and water features.
Washington, DC is a city in bloom during the spring's National Cherry Blossom Festival. A bike tour around the Tidal Basin is a great option to experience the blossoms.
Picnic in one of our parks, paddleboat around the Tidal Basin or rent a bike for your own adventure.
Georgetown Waterfront Park
Lace up your sneakers or grab your helmet and hit these trails.
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