Top Washington, D.C., Attractions

Top Washington, D.C., Attractions
When visiting Washington, D.C., most visitors take in the Smithsonian museums, historic monuments, and government buildings. However, Washington has many attractions for the outdoor enthusiast beyond the national monuments and historical museums. Activities can range from a quick hiking break a few miles from the historic monuments nearby to backpacking and climbing trips at nearby parks.

Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park

The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park features a paved trail from Shirlington, Va., to Alexandria, Va. Along the W&OD trail are historical displays and structures with information for visitors. A highlight of the trail is a section that parallels the Potomac River directly across from Washington. From the trail, walkers, runners and bikers can view many of the popular national moments.


Theodore Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island is located directly off the George Washington Parkway. Roosevelt Island has several miles of light hiking trails.

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park has many hiking trails, campgrounds and sites for backcountry camping. Along the park is a popular scenic drive, the Skyline drive. Shenandoah National Park is located approximately 75 miles from Washington.


Kayaking, paddling and boating on the Potomac River are popular summer and fall attractions.

Great Falls Park

Approximately 18 miles from Washington is Great Falls Park, which has established hiking, trail running, mountain biking and outdoor climbing routes.


Article Written By Stephanie D

Stephanie D has been writing and exploring the outdoors for as long as she can remember. She has spent time climbing across the United States and backpacking out west. Stephanie D earned her Bachelor of Science in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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