D.C. March 04, 2017
12 Amazing Natural Wonders Hiding In Plain Sight Around Washington DC — No Hiking Required
DC is one of the best cities to live in if you love nature. There are so many beautiful parks, quiet oases, waterfalls and hiking spots. But even if you don’t love being active, you can enjoy gorgeous nature in DC. Visit one of these 12 amazing natural wonders that don’t require hiking.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Potomac River
One of the most impressive natural wonders is the mighty Potomac, which many Washingtonians see every day. You can get gorgeous views of the Potomac from Georgetown, Hains Point or from Arlington. Take a moment to enjoy the views!
2. Winkler Botanical Preserve
Winkler Botanical Preserve is a hidden gem across the bridge in Alexandria. It offers nature trails, a beautiful waterfall and wooded areas, all easy to access!
5400 Roanoke Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311
3. Tregaron Conservancy
Located behind the Tregaron Estate, a historic mansion, lies 13 acres of protected open green space that will never be developed.
3100 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20008
4. Kingman Island
You don’t have to hike to this secluded island just near old RFK stadium but you do need to walk across a boardwalk bridge to get to this peaceful oasis. This stunning island feels like its miles outside of the city.
5. Dyke Marsh Nature Preserve
Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve in Alexandria is one of the largest freshwater tidal wetlands in the area. It’s home to an array of plants and animals and is perfect for those who want to enjoy leisurely strolls through nature.
700 George Washington Memorial Parkway McLean, VA 22101
6. Huntley Meadows Park
Huntley Meadow has a 1/2 mile wetland boardwalk where visitors can view animals such as beavers, frogs, herons and dragonflies. There are over 200 species of birds in this nature preserve.
7. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
An hour outside of DC in Maryland, Jug Bay Wetlands is right on the Patuxent River. Explore the wetlands and enjoy the diverse animals in the area.
1361 Wrighton Rd, Lothian, MD 20711
8. Brookside Gardens
Brookside Gardens is located within Wheaton Regional Park and has several different areas including a butterfly garden, rose garden and woodland walk. It’s open year round and is a fantastic way to get your dose of nature.
1800 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902
9. Meadowlark Gardens
45 minutes outside of DC in Vienna, VA, Meadowlark Gardens is a 95 acre complex that features gorgeous flowers, gardens and plants. Stroll through the easy trails and stop by in the winter for the walk of lights!
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna, VA 22182
10. Tidal Basin
While it’s technically partially man-made, the Tidal Basin is one of the easiest ways to experience nature right in the middle of the city. Paddle around in a paddle boat or simply take in the views underneath the trees.
11. C&O Canal
Tucked in behind the shops of Georgetown, you can experience the natural beauty of the C&O Canal post-shopping spree or before your evening meal!
12. Anacostia River
You can enjoy the gorgeous Anacostia River from the comfort of Yards Park. You can even get views from a nearby restaurant!
It’s so amazing living in a city and being so close to such incredible nature! Which natural wonder will you be visiting?