DC is the place to be if you are looking for adventure. There is a little bit of everything here and there is no shortage of fun sights. However, if you are feeling really adventurous and want to see some of nature’s magic, you have to leave the district. Luckily there are some fantastic destinations all around DC that feel a bit magical. We found some of the best and most beautiful waterfalls around DC and put them together into one epic road trip for you! In total, the trip will take almost 7 hours so we recommend breaking it up into a long weekend and we even included where you can stay and where you can eat on your trip! If you love exploring and searching for waterfalls near Washington DC, here’s the perfect itinerary for you.

Have you been to any of these wonderful waterfalls? Which ones were your favorites? We’d love to see your photos and hear about your experiences.

Want even more road trip ideas? Take this beautiful lighthouse road trip around Washington DC!

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Are there any kid-friendly hikes near Washington DC?

Actually, there are quite a few kid-friendly hikes near Washington DC, such as:

  • Falling Branch Trail is one of the best hiking trails with waterfalls in Maryland and is only a short 1.3-mile loop.
  • Rock Creek Park in the middle of DC features several loop trails to choose from
  • Sugarloaf Mountain in the town of Dickerson, Maryland has a  beautiful 5-mile trail called the Northern Peaks Trail which is simply stunning!


How many museums are on the National Mall in Washington DC?

There are 19 museums on the National Mall in Washington DC. Eleven of them are also Smithsonian Institutions. Choose from:

  • the National Air and Space Museum
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture


Where can you get the best pizza in Washington DC?

DC is a big foodie town and you can find any kind of gastronomy your heart desires. According to the locals, some of the best pizza in Washington DC is served up at:

  • We the Pizza
  • 2 Amys Neapolitan Pizzeria
  • Timber Pizza Company