D.C. February 27, 2017
Escape To These 13 Hidden Oases Around Washington DC To Find Peace And Quiet
Did you know that DC used to be nothing but swamp land? While we have cleaned up quite a bit over the last couple of hundreds of years, there is still lots of green spaces here and some of them don’t even include the Mall. When you want to get away from it all and relax into nature, take a trip to these 13 hidden oases around Washington DC.
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. Anacostia Park
Anacostia Park actually makes up 1,200 acres over multiple sites. You can relax by the water, walk the river trail or just enjoy the fresh air.
2. Montrose Park
The Georgetown residents love lounging and playing in this public park on R street. You can find it tucked away between Dumbarton Oaks and Oak Hill Cemetery.
3. Lincoln Park
3. Pierre L’Enfant originally included this park in his city plan in 1791. It is the largest park in Capitol Hill and features beautiful statues.
4. Victory Garden
If you want to escape from the Smithsonian Museums, just head to the back of one. The Victory Garden is located on the east lawn of the National Museum of American History. There are real vegetables growing in these gardens.
5. Constitution Gardens
It’s truly surprising how many people do not realize that Constitution Gardens is hidden away just next to the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall. It’s a quiet place to just relax.
6. Franciscan Monastery Gardens
In Brookland, the stunning Franciscan Monastery features beautiful gardens with more than 1,000 roses and plants.
7. American University
There are ten different gardens on American University’s campus at their Arboretum. Go back to college for a little and wander through each to find the quietest one.
8. Bishop’s Garden
The 59 acres around the National Cathedral were designed by Frederick Lawn Olmsted and was meant to be a garden for the ages. The grounds and gardens are always open.
9. Georgetown Canal
Slip away from the crowds on M Street and enjoy the peaceful quiet of the C&O Canal and the gorgeous ivy covered buildings on either side.
10. Bladensburg Waterfront Park
Technically this park is in Maryland but since it’s just on the other side of the Anacostia River, we decided to include it on the list. You can rent kayaks, canoes or just enjoy being outdoors.
11. Dumbarton Oaks Park
This public park located behind the Dumbarton Oaks mansion is great for strolling, lounging or picnicking. There are 10 acres of formal garden and 27 acres of wooded gardens.
12. Hains Point
Right at the southern tip of East Potomac Park between the Washington Channel and the Potomac River, Hains Point is a great biking or jogging spot.
13. Crispus Attucks Park
The residents of Bloomingdale would prefer to keep this urban park a secret. Nestled into the neighborhood,there is plenty of green space and benches here.
Will you enjoy peace and quiet at one of these oases soon? If you love nature,
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