Walking Washington DC  by Barbara J. Saffir

Walking Washington D.C. Guide Book

by Barbara J. Saffir (Wilderness Press)
Walking Washington DC  by Barbara J. Saffir
Welcome to your kinetic capital. Washington, D.C., is every American’s—and every freedom lover’s—home away from home. To feel more at home, please lace up your most comfortable walking shoes (it makes a huge difference); open your eyes, your heart, and your mind; and have a ball discovering or rediscovering the District, which keeps growing and getting better. Just since I arrived in the mid-1980s, Washington has transformed. It used to be a staid, government-centric “company town” with a monolithic beige, white, and gray cityscape; many crime-plagued neighborhoods; and only a handful of yummy restaurants. Now it’s a diverse, high-tech foodie’s paradise, with more eye-popping neighborhoods and safer streets.

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Trails from the "Walking Washington D.C." Guide Book
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Architecture and embassy buffs thrive here. This partially uphill walk along 16th Street— D.C.’s most important north–south numbered street—rises from “the Land Down Under” (the contemporary-style Emb ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 1.3
Way back in the 1980s and 1990s, when tightly wound Washington was the farthest thing from cool, Adams Morgan was arguably its hippest hangout. Adams Morgan is still cool— even after rocketing rents ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 1.3
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Washington, D.C., is America’s Mecca. And Capitol Hill is at the bull’s eye. Not only does democracy thrive there, but it’s also drop-dead gorgeous. Even jaded Washingtonians seldom tire of its eye-ca ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 2.6
LBJ had a hideaway. When the Vietnam War and other travails of the presidency tightened their grip, he escaped to Columbia Island for its placid Potomac River views. While the man-made island is no se ...
, DC - Hiking,Road Biking,Trail Running,Walking - Trail Length: 4.5
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What happens in Vegas might stay in Vegas, but what happens in D.C. might spread around the globe at the speed of sound. Savvy locals have learned not to blab newsy tidbits in public where journalists ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 2
“Dateline: Washington.” That’s splattered across newspapers from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine. D.C. makes news. D.C. covers news. Even in this digital news age, with many newspapers folding, t ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 2.3
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If the National Mall is America’s Back Yard, Dupont Circle is D.C.’s town square—or town circle. It’s a hangout, home, workplace, and historic district flush with vintage embassies and other enviable ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 1.6
Sandwiched between the historic Eastern Market and the storied Marine Barracks is a half mile of hotties, hot spots, and a few ho-hums. Hot bars, hot restaurants, hot mammas, and hot papas (including ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 1.25
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Pack a lunch. There’s so much to see on this journey from Siberia (the Russian Embassy) to the Seine River (the French ambassador’s “palace” and a museum with a famous Seine painting). At least it’s v ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 3.6
It’s no Mount Everest. D.C.’s highest natural point is 409 feet, just a tad below Everest’s 29,028 feet, the world’s highest peak above sea level. But lest anyone rush too soon to explore this natural ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 2.3
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What an eyeful. This beautiful stroll, most of it along gardenlike Foxhall Road NW, rolls downhill past the homes of diplomats and other bigwigs. One of the honchos who used to live there was David Ll ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 2.7
Tourists don’t typically flock to Friendship Heights, but they might if they knew about its disparate trove of treasures. They can buy a bauble or a beaded evening gown and then saunter down a tree-li ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 1.5
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Camelot lives. With its storybook row houses and mansions, narrow streets, and brick sidewalks, the historic district of Georgetown seems as magical now as it was when John F. Kennedy and his glamorou ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
Sure, size matters. But a Renoir is a Renoir whether it’s large or small. And the same holds for Georgetown’s exquisite gardens, from pocket-size gems behind skinny row houses to magnum masterpieces a ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 1.3
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New money, old money, little money. Everyone flocks to Georgetown. The main difference is that some can afford to stay longer and exploit more of its many riches. But the best thing about Georgetown i ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 1.5
After decades of decay and crime following race riots in 1968, H Street is hot again. Especially at night. More than two dozen bars, cafés, music venues, and other businesses have sprung up the past f ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 1.5
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This is a 1 - 3 mile pleasant walk. Washington’s world-famous cherry blossoms seem downright drab next to the lesser-known, big and brazen lotus flowers at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens. Each summ ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 3
Millions of visitors. That’s what you get when you cross “free” with some of the most educational, inspirational, and enjoyable museums on the planet. Sometimes it seems like all the roughly 28 millio ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 3
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War or peace? This loop delivers both—and it tosses in the CIA’s original home and some impressive headquarters. The Federal Reserve, the Department of the Interior, and other federal agencies live ne ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
Everyone loves pandas. The National Zoo’s übercute cub, Bao Bao, even scored a birthday tweet from First Lady Michelle Obama. Although the Giant Panda “palace” is enough of a reason to trek to the zoo ...
, DC - Walking - Trail Length: 2
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