D.C. October 03, 2016
You’ll Never Forget A Trip To These 11 Waterfront Spots Around Washington DC
Washington DC was built on marshland and used to be a swamp. The district stays true to those roots by offering plenty of waterfront destinations for DC area residents and tourists. If you are looking for beautiful views, visit one of these 11 waterfront spots around Washington DC. Don’t forget your camera for gorgeous photos!
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
11. Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is a 20-mile trail that is designed for runners, walkers, skaters and cyclists. The trail is still being developed and will connect the entire community with scenic views of the water.
10. Washington Marina
The Washington Marina was established in 1951 and is a perfect place to store your boat or hop out onto the Potomac for a quick sail.
9. Maine Avenue Fish Market
The Maine Avenue Fish Market is the oldest continuously operating open air seafood market in the nation. You can find the freshest prepared and raw seafood in the city here!
8. Key Bridge Boathouse
A perfect place for kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, the Key Bridge Boathouse in Georgetown is the area’s go-to destination for water activities.
7. C&O Canal
The C&O Canal towpath is 184.5 miles of hiking and biking towpath running along the Potomac River and cuts through Georgetown. It’s a beautiful place to exercise and enjoy waterfront views.
The Washington Harbour in Georgetown is the best place to find delicious food, excellent cocktails and beautiful views of the Potomac River. This is a popular spot for parking boats while owners grab a quick lunch.
5. Capitol Riverfront
Capitol Riverfront is an up and coming area along the Anacostia River that offers plenty of green space, shops, restaurants and events and beautiful views.
4. National Harbor
Although it is technically in Maryland, everyone needs to experience the National Harbor if they are in DC. Shop, dine, rent kayaks, or see the views from the featured attraction: the Capital Wheel.
3. Theodore Roosevelt Island
On this 88.5 acre island located right in the Potomac River, you will feel as if you are hundreds of miles away from the city.
2. Kingman and Heritage Island Park
Kingman and Heritage Island Park is best known for the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival. But this recently redeveloped wildlife area is DC’s own little island and you can find it by crossing the bridges of Anacostia River.
1. The Tidal Basin
Probably the most well known waterfront area in the District, the Tidal Basin is breathtaking all year round. It’s a perfect place for photo ops of the monuments or for a fun paddleboat ride.
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