Nature & Outdoors

Get outside and explore the natural side of Washington, DC with these outdoor activities and adventures.

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
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...

@i.cami - Early morning runners on the National Mall - Outdoor activities in Washington, 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
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Outdoor Activities

When visiting the District, 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...

Running On NAtional Mall-Photo Kate Warren
10 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
13 Great Spots to Watch 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. You’ll find excellent vantage points from a few rooftop bars , sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial , or across the river in Arlington. And...

Fourth of July Fireworks over the National Mall - Things to Do Independence Day Weekend 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 on the National Mall - Free museum in Washington, DC
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