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10 Ways to Make the Most of Fall in Washington, DC

Rowers on the Potomac River - Fall in Washington, DC

Whether you’re an urban explorer or fall fashionista, there’s so much to do when autumn hits the District.

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 Arboretum, getting spooked at the zoo and so much more, here’s how to make the most of fall in Washington, DC.

1 Experience fall on the National Mall
Experience fall on the National Mall Ron Cogswell

The National Mall is beautiful in any season, but there’s something special about experiencing the monuments and memorials surrounded by fall foliage. You can also take an open-top sightseeing tour with Big Bus Tours.

2 Wander through Rock Creek Park
Wander through Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country. Take a trip there and forget you’re right in the middle of the nation’s capital…

3 ...Or explore one of Rock Creek Park’s many green spaces

Like here, under the Taft Bridge connecting Adams Morgan and Woodley Park.

Rock Creek Park - Underneath the Taft Bridge - Washington, DC

4 Take a walk on the wild side
Take a walk on the wild side

The Smithsonian National Zoo's annual Boo at the Zoo, featuring decorated trails, chats with zookeepers and spooky treat stations for everyone in the family.

5 Check out the best in fall fashion

Family shopping in Georgetown - Washington, DC

Looking for new fall fashions? There are plenty of trendsetting stores on 14th Street or in Georgetown to explore.

6 Continue your quest for the freshest fall gear

Shoppin City Center

For the latest in high end gear, you can find the newest and hottest looks at CityCenterDC.

7 Fall in love (pardon the pun)
Fall in love (pardon the pun)

It's pretty easy to swoon when autumn arrives in DC. Explore the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and check out pop art pioneer Robert Indiana’s AMOR.

8 Make a stop at all of DC's circles
Make a stop at all of DC's circles

Throughout the District there are a number of circles which function as open parks. Stop by Logan Circle after shopping on 14th Street.

9 Stroll through Meridian Hill Park
Stroll through Meridian Hill Park

This park, which is designed in the style of an Italian garden, is just a few blocks north of U Street. If you’re there on a Sunday afternoon make sure to stop by and dance to the beats of the drum circle that’s been a fixture of the park since the 1950s.

10 Experience even more fall foliage

National Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum - Fall - Washington, DC

Head to the National Arboretum, a living agricultural museum in Northeast DC. While you’re there, snap a photo of the iconic National Capitol Columns, which supported the East Portico of the United States Capitol from 1828 until their removal during the building’s 1958 expansion.

With a canvas of colorful leaves, cozy vibes and marvelous weather, fall is one of the best times to visit Washington, DC. Find out all there is to do this fall in the District.