The US capital has a lot more to offer than just its monuments and memorials. There are a host of beautiful outdoor areas to explore in and around the city. Escape from the stress of the metropolis and take in the natural beauty that Washington DC has to offer. Culture Trip has narrowed down the top picks of outdoor actives in the area.
A quick 15-mile drive from DC and you’ll find yourself at the Great Falls Park. Visitors are treated to stunning views of the Potomac River as it flows over the rocks into Mather Gorge. Head to the visitor center where you can take advantage of the three overlooks which give the best views. When you’re done, make use of the hiking and biking trails. Or you could go climbing, fishing or even enjoy a horseback ride.
This part of the city is perfect for exploring, especially because of the huge number of monuments on display. There’s the Jefferson Memorial, the MLK Memorial and the FDR memorial, all within the 1.8-mile (2.9km) Tidal Basin loop. The National Park Service also offers free walking tours on the Tidal Basin grounds, with one of the best known being a tour of the cherry blossoms during their annual festival.
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