D.C. November 10, 2017
This Natural Wonders Road Trip Will Show You DC Like You’ve Never Seen It Before
If you have read any of our articles before then you know that DC is a green city. Even though we’re surrounded by concrete, the city has plenty of gorgeous natural parks, trails and attractions scattered all over it. This natural wonders road trip will take you to some of the most picturesque natural wonders around the DC area. It’s about 40 miles and you could tackle it in one day. However we recommend splitting it up into several days so that you can enjoy each stop.
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1. Great Falls
The trip starts just outside of DC in Great Falls Virginia at the gorgeous Great Falls Park. The falls might not be in the district limits but they deserve a stop.
2. Glover Archbold Park
The first stop inside the District is Glover Archbold Park. This park is 183 park tucked away in the Northwest part of DC. It's perfect for hiking or trail running.
3. Rock Creek Park
Rock Creek Park is DC's natural gem. You can explore 1,700 acres of gorgeous trails, streams and nature. Inside the park, you can also find a horse center and a planetarium.
4. Dumbarton Oaks
Dumbarton Oaks is a historical mansion and research center in Georgetown. Its gardens are a work of art. Make a stop at the Lovers Lane Pool, the musical pool in DC.
5. Georgetown Waterfront Park
Georgetown Waterfront Park is one of those parks in DC that no one really realizes exists even though it has a prime location. It's just minutes from restaurants and shops but the grassy knoll is perfect for views of the Potomac River.
6. Tidal Basin
The Tidal Basin is man-made but it's definitely a must-see natural wonder in the district. You can go anytime of year and will be enchanted by its beauty.
7. Anacostia River
The Potomac isn't the only river in DC and the Anacostia River is giving it a run for it's money. Take a walk or ride on the brand new Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to enjoy this piece of nature.
8. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Kenilworth Garden is a tranquil spot. It's home to stunning water lily and lotus gardens. It's also a great place to spot animals, insects and amphibians.
9. Kingman & Heritage Islands
These are DC's secret islands. These two manmade islands can only be accessed by a wooden pedestrian footbridge. They are remote, peaceful and relaxing.
10. National Arboretum
The National Arboretum is one of DC's most beautiful and most secret spots. Enjoy acres of plants, trees, flowers and gardens. Not to be missed are the enchanting Capital Columns.
Have you seen any of these natural wonders in DC? Which one is your favorite?
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