Nature & Outdoors

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

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
Capitol Riverfront By Day & By Night

Capitol Riverfront was a vital commercial section of the District from the late 19th century until the end of World War II, as the Washington Navy Yard, the nation’s longest continually operating naval facility, served as a beacon for a thriving community. Billions of dollars in investment in the...

Couple at Yards Park Capitol Riverfront
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
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...

Rock Creek Park - Outdoor Activities & Things to Do - 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
8 Organized Races, Marathons & Triathlons to Check Out in Washington, DC

Whether you’re a serious runner or like to stay active while having fun with friends, DC has options for all fitness levels.

Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in Washington, DC - Top Organized Races and Marathons
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 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
5 Things You Need to Know About the National Cherry Blossom Festival

The cherry blossoms 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 three-week National Cherry Blossom Festival , which takes place from Mar. 20 - April 16, 2017. Here are five things...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial surrounded by cherry blossoms - Free things to do in Washington, DC