Spanning 4.4 square miles, Rock Creek is DC’s largest park and forest. With expansive trails, horse stables, and a tennis court, Rock Creek is the go-to place to spend time outdoors within District limits. It contains one of the nation’s most diverse urban forests, and a variety of tree species guarantee vivid, colorful foliage. The park’s vegetation includes 12 species of oak trees, witch-hazel, magnolias, and pines – to name a few. Immerse yourself in the fall scenery with a morning jog or full-day hike.
‘America’s Front Yard‘ is the nation’s busiest national park. Bustle about downtown with a view – throw a frisbee on the Mall, or lay in the grass with a view of the Washington Monument or Capitol Building. The scenic park’s crisp leaves will soon coat the layer of newly installed grass – the Mall has been closed for two years following an extensive turf restoration project.
The historic 1765 Old Stone House, nestled on the bustling M Street in Georgetown, is the oldest DC structure on its original foundation; it also offers an impressive backyard garden. Step away from the city and into a nature oasis by merely exiting M Street through the gate. The biodiverse gardens include various flowers that attract pollinators – plenty of bees, finches, and butterflies call Old Stone House home. And who can resist the chipmunks? The scene only becomes more vibrant in fall.