Nature & Outdoors

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

5 Things You Need to Know About the National Cherry Blossom Festival

The cherry blossom trees are without a doubt the stars of springtime in Washington, DC. Visit the District during this time and you’ll find the nation’s capital is accented in pink for the National Cherry Blossom Festival , which takes place from March 18 - April 16, 2017. Here are five things you...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial surrounded by cherry blossoms - Free things to do in Washington, DC
14 National Parks to Explore In & Around 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. The DC metro area boasts as complete a range of parks as...

Aerial Shot of the National Mall with All Memorials
10 Ways to Make the Most of Fall in Washington, DC

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...

Rowers on the Potomac River - Fall in Washington, DC
DC on the Water: 12 Ways to Embrace Washington's Waterfronts

The District’s two rivers, the Potomac and the Anacostia, shine brightly once the warm weather of spring and summer settles on the city. Fortunately for visitors, there are plenty of ways to explore these DC waterfronts, with family friendly outdoor activities that include being both on or beside...

Kayaking on the Capitol Riverfront - Family Friendly and Waterfront Activities in Washington, DC
12 Inspiring Public Parks & Gardens in Washington, DC

Pierre L’Enfant, DC’s first urban planner, designed “The Federal City” to be beatified by public gardens, and so it is today. You’ll find scenic landscaping around the National Mall and the federal buildings in Washington, DC, along with dozens of gardens and parks within the nation’s capital. Here...

U.S. Botanic Garden - Free Things to Do in Washington, DC
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
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...

Things to See & Do in Anacostia - Washington, DC
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 - Washington, DC
Top 10 Running Spots & Trails in Washington, DC

When Pierre Charles L’Enfant laid out the city plans for the nation's capital, 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...

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

During the spring and summer these outdoor concerts in the nation's capital provide great atmosphere for enjoying a night out, and are often free to attend. Make sure to check official websites for dates, times and specific locations.

Summer Concert at WWII Memorial