Washington DC has several outdoor attractions, which natives and tourists love to explore by foot, on a bicycle, or skate on a rollerblade. When on tours in Washington DC, make it a point to trail along the pathways of scenic locations to have a nice workout for the body and soul. A compilation of top five trails in the capital city is listed below.
Trail Along the National Mall
The National Mall, which stretches around 2 miles from the footsteps of Capitol Building to up to Lincoln Memorial, has walkways that are ideal for bicycling or jogging. This is a unique way to explore landmark attractions in DC while keeping one’s adrenaline levels up. For a unique trail among the natives, explore the National Mall early morning or during sunset.
The Towpath of Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
This canal towpath stretches around 185 miles from Georgetown neighborhood to Cumberland city in Maryland. In fact, from Georgetown would prove to be one uphill climb if you go by foot. So, better trek the first fourteen miles along the C&O Canal spanning from the neighborhood to Great Falls Tavern. This mile-long towpath is full of buildings that show trekkers a glimpse of Georgetown’s colonial past.
Rock Creek Park
This urban park in the midst of the capital city is a go-to destination for visitors, since it comprises of a natural surface ideal for trekking and paved paths for bicycling, jogging, and skating. You can access its grounds all the year round, and based on the given point in time you choose to explore the park, you might trail along a grassy surface, fallen leaves, or may even feel the coldness beneath your feet.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Only in Washington DC, one can take a walk along the enclosures of the zoo owned by the Smithsonian Institution. It is one of the oldest existing zoos not only in the capital city but also in the entire US. It features paved paths and boasts of some amazing habitats, where mostly endangered animal species are kept enclosed; the zoo can be best explored with kids during your tours in Washington DC.
Mount Vernon Trail
This trail spanning 18.5 miles is also a must-try experience when on Washington DC tours. It offers scenic views of the Potomac River as well as popular sites and landmarks along the way, such as the Theodore Roosevelt Island and the Gravelly Point to name two.