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C & O Canal

Washington DC, DC (National Mall)
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Ranked #81 of 253 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Running
Description: A 185-mile canal which runs from D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland.
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Gardner, Kansas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

If you are in the area and want to walk, if the weather is nice, this is a great walk, with great views and impressive shops on both sides in Georgetown.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Our ride didn't start in Washington, but rather further inland in Harpers Ferry. The bike path is accessible from Harpers Ferry by walking over a railroad bridge (yes, a train passed right beside us) and then carrying our bikes down a spiral staircase to the canal path. I don't recommend this approach to anyone who would be unable to carry... More

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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

A fun bike trial! We rented bikes from the Bike and Roll Union Station $35 / day (helmet/lock provided). We rode down thru the National Mall starting at the Capital head towards Memorial Tower where you then headed north towards downtown until "H" street and headed west, pass the White House to Georgetown. Rode thru Georgetown downtown to the end,... More

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Shoreview, Minnesota
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61 reviews 61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Interesting to step back in time and travel the canal by barge and mule. Would never have stumbled upon it, you must know where you are going. (It's in Georgetown). Kind of slow but the history is interesting,

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Denver, Colorado
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109 reviews 109 reviews
45 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This gem is accessible from several places in Virginia, Maryland and DC. The locks are fascinating, and the footpath is patrolled so that women alone feel safe (during the day). Since the path is flat, those of us with canes find it easy for walking. Cyclists and joggers love it too. So green! Turtles, dragonflies, history!

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Alexandria, VA
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473 reviews 473 reviews
229 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This C & O was built as a result a vision to connect inland waterways with the Atlantic Ocean. It stretches from Western Maryland to Georgetown with a delightful historical discovery at every point along the way. The locks are fascinating in their attempt to move water to different levels to provide safe passage to boats on their way south.... More

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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118 reviews 118 reviews
48 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

This historic canal is beautiful and a fun outing from all the monuments in DC. We rented bikes and rode for 15 miles to beyond the Great Falls which were stunning. We turned around at a park visitor center which had canal boat rides and food available. The locks and the old canal houses were interesting and we saw turtles... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,553 reviews 1,553 reviews
804 attraction reviews
809 helpful votes 809 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The C&O is a fantastic trail that you can enjoy on a sunny afternoon. You can depart from georgetown and go as far as you like (it goes for miles). The beginning is close to baked and wired so you can take a few goodies to fuel-up your trek (check my review of baked and wired)!

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northern virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

I love to ride my bike on the c & o tow path...and my husband has run there occasionally, too. We have done an overnight bike-camping trip toward the Maryland end of the trail that is one of my fondest memories. It is easy to plan as short or as long an adventure as you may want to have. There... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

The C & O canal is amazing. You can start out in Georgetown and cycle all the way to Philly! There is a wide compact dirt path that stretches for miles along he Potomac river. There are many activities to do along the river. You can rent a bike-I recommend a hybrid or mountain as the path is not paved.... More

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