D.C. May 20, 2017
10 Secret Spots Near DC Where Nature Will Completely Relax You
Life in DC can be stressful. Whether you’re frustrated with the latest news story or you’re just annoyed that you missed the Metro by a few seconds, you may need to escape it all and relax. Well practice your deep yoga breathing because we found 10 secret spots where nature will help you relax.
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1. Montrose Park
Montrose Park is a huge park that no one really seems to know about it. It’s located in Georgetown, just next to Dumbarton Oaks and there is path that connects it to Rock Creek. It’s great place to just sit in the grass and watch your worries melt away.
2. Mitchell Park
Hidden in Kalorama, Mitchell Park is definitely one of the quieter parks in DC. There’s a peaceful fountains, gorgeous flowers and plants and plenty of space for strolling. It’s a great park to get a quick walk in to ease your stress.
3. Dumbarton Oaks
While you might not call Dumbarton Oaks "hidden," it definitely feels like a secret garden when you step into it! Explore 27 acres of gorgeous nature behind the Dumbarton Oaks Museum.
4. Bladensburg Waterfront Park
Bladensburg Waterfront Park located on the scenic Anacostia River. Most people flock to the Potomac in the summer so Bladensburg Park is a perfect way to enjoy time on the water without the crowds.
5. Constitution Gardens
Most people don’t even realize Constitution Gardens exist even though they’ve probably strolled by it many times. This gorgeous place is a peaceful 38 acre park just across from the National Mall.
6. The Franciscan Monastery
Located in Brookland, the Franciscan Monastery has a beautiful garden out back. There are more than 1,000 roses and other gorgeous flowers. The peacefulness of the entire grounds creates a serene experience.
7. Oak Hill Cemetery
Oak Hill may be a cemetery but it’s still a tranquil place. The cemetery was founded in 1848 and there is a gorgeous chapel on the grounds that but by famous architect James Renwick, who also designed the Smithsonian Castle.
8. Anacostia River
Why wait on the shores when you can escape it all in the middle of the river? The Anacostia is often much less crowded than the Potomac and you can rent kayaks and canoes or paddle boards.
9. Crispus Attucks Park
Crispus Attucks is a local favorite. This unique space is located in Bloomingdale is tucked away and offers plenty of gorgeous green space and quiet time for relaxation.
10. Riverbend Park
Riverbend Park is technically in Virginia and is a remote park with over 400 acres of forest, meadows, and hiking trails. You can enjoy gorgeous views, wildflowers, and birds.
For another hidden gem,
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