D.C. February 06, 2017
Everyone Should Explore These 13 Stunning Places Around Washington DC At Least Once
There is no lack of beauty in and around the DC area. We have breathtaking parks, beautiful historic homes, incredible monuments and so much more. If you are looking for more beauty outside and around Washington DC, visit these 13 most beautiful places around Washington DC.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Oatlands Historic House and Gardens
Oatlands is a historic old mansion in Leesburg , Virginia. The mansion dates back to the 1700s and features absolutely gorgeous gardens. Oatlands is open April - December for mansion and garden tours. You can visit them at 20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln, Leesburg, VA 20175.
2. George Washington Masonic National Memorial
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is a Masonic building decimated to the memory of George Washington. It is located just outside of DC at 101 Callahan Dr. in Alexandria Virginia. Head up to the ninth floor Observation Deck and enjoy 360-degree view of Alexandria and DC.
3. Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain is the highest point in Montgomery County, MD. It’s a beautiful drive out to the mountain and the views from the top are breathtaking. You can head to the small town of Burnsville, which is located at the foot of the mountain.
4. Harpers Ferry
Historic Harpers Ferry is a charming town and national park in West Virginia that offers shopping, dining, hiking and beautiful views of the Potomac River.
5. Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon was the plantation house of George and Martha Washington. This iconic landmark includes the mansion, gardens, farm, museum and Martha and George’s tombs. You can visit Mount Vernon at 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway in Mount Vernon, VA 22121
6. Great Falls
Great Falls Park borders both Maryland and Virginia. The Maryland side is part of the C&O Canal National Historic Park. It’s a favorite hiking spot, especially for it’s incredible waterfall views.
7. Ladew Topiary Gardens
Ladew Topiary Gardens is in Monkton Maryland and was called one of the top 10 incredible topiary gardens around the world by Architectural Digest. You can visit the charming manor house, which dates back to the 1920s, tour the gardens and take a nature walk.
The port town of Annapolis offers visitors plenty of things to do. You can enjoy water activities on the Chesapeake Bay, stroll past 18th century brick homes and experience fine dining, great shopping and much more!
9. Old Rag
Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park is one of the most popular hikes in the area. Scramble over rocks to enjoy panoramic views of the Shenandoah area.
10. Havre de Grace
Havre de Grace is two hours outside of Washington DC in Harford County, Maryland. This quaint town sits at the mouth of the Susquehanna River and has one of the most charming lighthouses in the area.
11. Skyline Drive
Skyline drive is a 105 mile road runs the length of Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge. It’s one of the most picturesque drives in the entire state.
12. Calvert Cliffs
Calvert Cliffs in Calvert County Maryland is known for its fossils. Visit here to enjoy freshwater marshes, sandy beaches, miles of hiking and unique history.
13. Assateague Island
Seeing the ponies at Assateague Island is a must-do for anyone in the DC area. This national seashore is beautiful all on its own but when you add in the incredible sight of "wild" horses running on the beaches, it’s an amazing thing to see.
Which of these stunning places will you visit? If you are looking for more natural beauty,
visit these 10 incredible places in nature in Washington DC!