Nature & Outdoors

Nature & Outdoors: Get outside and explore the natural side of DC.

Revel in Nature at Rock Creek Park

All About Rock Creek Park Washington, DC’s Rock Creek Park – which is made up of 2,100 acres of National Park Service land from northwest DC into Maryland – is a popular retreat for the city’s outdoor enthusiasts. With lush greenery, miles of trails and picnic areas, a nature center, golf course,...

Couple Walking in Rock Creek Park - Parks & Outdoor Activities in Washington, DC
12 Top Spots to Catch the Fourth of July Fireworks in Washington, DC

Watching the fireworks is one of the highlights of DC’s Independence Day celebrations, and there are lots of interesting sites from which to view them. For example, you’ll find excellent vantage points from a few rooftop bars, sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, or across the river in...

Fireworks Going Off Over Washington, DC
12 Things to See & Do in Anacostia

The historic riverside neighborhood of Anacostia is truly a gem. Some people think all Smithsonian Institution museums live on the National Mall , but Anacostia has its own completely dedicated to the concept of community. Perhaps the most famous member of the Anacostia community, Frederick...

Frederick Douglass House
Run, Bike & Exercise Outdoors in Washington, DC

With miles of trails, the National Mall and Rock Creek Park , one of the largest urban parks in the country, the DC region boasts plenty outdoor locations to run, bike or do what the locals do – join a group exercise program. When visiting the District, be sure to check out these scenic spots and...

national mall early sunrise
Visiting the Smithsonian National Zoo

The National Zoo is right for you It’s not all elephants and donkeys in DC. At the National Zoo , visitors can find all sorts of animals that don’t subscribe to party lines. Lions, tigers, giraffes and the zoo’s beloved giant pandas are just some of the 2,000 animals that call the 163-acre park...

Smithsonian National Zoo Giant Panda
Visiting the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

A visit to the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is a solemn and powerful reminder of the very human cost of war. The memorial “conveys a combination of strength and vulnerability, of loss and renewal… through juxtaposition of granite and glass,” according to the National Park Service,...

american veterans disabled for life memorial
Tours of DC's Monuments & Memorials

At the heart of any trip to Washington, DC is a visit to the National Mall , a two-mile green expanse from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial . Along the way, visitors see the Washington Monument , the Vietnam Veterans Memorial , the Korean War Memorial , the World War II Memorial ,...

National Mall Washington Monument at night
12 National Parks to Visit in Washington, DC

The first national park was established by Congress in 1872, and the National Park Service (NPS) was founded in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. The goal of NPS: to conserve and protect America’s parks, historic objects and wildlife. Fittingly, NPS is based in DC, where you'll find numerous parks...

Aerial Shot of the National Mall with All Memorials
Top 10 Running Spots in Washington, DC

When Pierre Charles L’Enfant laid out the city plans for Washington, DC, he included wide avenues, public squares and grand buildings. The District is also mostly flat and home to many trees, rivers, creeks and canals, making the city a runner’s dream. Pound the pavement on these scenic routes:

Top 10 Running Spots in Washington, DC
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Outdoor Activities

When visiting DC, you should know you're entering a city where locals love to hike, walk and play outside. If you want to eat healthy, explore nature or tap into the city's local fitness bug, you can do it all in Washington, DC. Check out these great ideas of some free and fun outdoor activities.

Running On NAtional Mall-Photo Kate Warren