Nature & Outdoors

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

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11 Things to Do in Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park was founded in 1890 by the United States Congress as a recreational resource for the nation’s capital. These 1,800 acres cut a wide swath through Northwest Washington DC, providing a haven for people and wildlife. An oasis in a bustling city, most of Rock Creek Park consists of...

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Outdoor Activities in Washington, DC

Walk your way through DC and beyond With its ample sidewalks, abundant public parks and miles of panoramic trails, Washington, DC is an extremely exercise-friendly destination. In fact, a recent study by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University named the nation’...

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,...

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7 Ways to Fit in Like a Local

You don’t have to hire fake Secret Service agents to look like you belong in DC, even if your flight just landed yesterday. As sure as the Parisians tie their scarves just so, Washingtonians have certain habits, ways of speaking and quirks, and if you know a few of them in advance, you’ll feel...

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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.

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12 Inspiring 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...

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10 Reasons to Participate in DC Bike Ride

If you’re looking for family-friendly fun in the District this spring, you’ve found a gem with DC Bike Ride , happening on May 14. Take part in an outdoor adventure that is sure to create lasting memories. If you need further convincing, here are 10 more reasons to participate .

DC Bike Ride - Outdoor Activities in Washington, DC