Things to Do in D.C.: Outdoor Adventures

Washingtonians have a well-earned reputation for working hard, but we also relish time spent in the great outdoors. With national parks at nearly every turn, plus a legendary river and networks of trails, can you blame us?

Getting Active in D.C.

Outdoor enthusiasts find options for just about every interest and level of skill or fitness. Some prefer a contemplative paddle on the Potomac, while others break a sweat on strenuous hikes or Tour de France-style bike rides.

Some of our favorite outdoor adventures are kayaking near Georgetown, cycling by the memorials and taking in the panoramic views at Great Falls Park—little changed since George Washington’s day.