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10 Ways to Make the Most of Fall in Washington, DC

Jefferson Memorial

Whether you’re an urban explorer or fall fashionista, there’s so much to do when autumn hits the District

While spring and summer get much of the glory in Washington, DC, as the leaves turn shades of auburn and red the nation’s capital remains buzzing with so many sights to see and things to do. From witnessing the fall foliage on the National Mall to exploring lesser-known gems like the National Arboretum, getting spooked at the zoo and so much more, here’s how to make the most of fall in Washington, DC.

The National Mall is beautiful in any season, but there’s something special about experiencing the monuments and memorials surrounded by fall foliage.

By Doug Sonders

Wander through Rock Creek Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country, and forget you’re right in the middle of the nation’s capital…

...Or explore one of the Rock Creek Park’s many green spaces, like under the Taft Bridge connecting Adams Morgan and Woodley Park.

Take a walk on the wild side with the Smithsonian National Zoo's annual Boo at the Zoo, featuring decorated trails, chats with zookeepers and spooky treat stations for everyone in the family.

Looking for new fall fashions? There are plenty of trendsetting stores on 14th Street to explore.

By CityCenterDC

For the latest in high end gear, you can find the newest and freshest looks at CityCenterDC.

By Marquis Perkins

Fall in love (pardon the pun) with autumn in DC while exploring the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, including pop art pioneer Robert Indiana’s AMOR.

Throughout the District there are a number of circles which function as open parks. Stop by Logan Circle after shopping on 14th Street…

...Or stroll through Meridian Hill Park, which is just a few blocks north of U Street. If you’re there on a Sunday afternoon make sure to stop by and dance to the beats of the drum circle that’s been a fixture of the park since the 1950s.

Experience the District’s fall foliage at the United States National Arboretum, a living agricultural museum in Northeast DC. While you’re there, snap a photo of the iconic National Capitol Columns, which supported the East Portico of the United States Capitol from 1828 until their removal during the building’s 1958 expansion.