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Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
#1 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
While a bit off the beaten tourist track (north of the zoo but walkable from the Van Ness or Cleveland Park Metro station, albeit it a little bit of a 15 minute walk, or a short cab ride away), I recommend it high...
March was a bit early in the season to gain a full appreciation of nature’s offerings, but one could get a sense of how spectacular and private these gardens could be in the spring/summer season.
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National Mall
#2 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
It is a national park in downtown Washington, D.C., that is administered by the National Park Service and includes many of the nation's most celebrated memorials and museums and art galleries and historic sites.
Spent 3 days in this area of DC because weather was perfect so walked the mall going from museums to monuments, etc. Loved all the park benches (packed lunch two of the days and ate on benches while we people watc...
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Tidal Basin
#3 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
Beautiful memorials and monuments, Japanese cherry trees, and park benches for rest and reflection make this an ideal place to take a break while visiting DC.
The park service does a wonderful job of maintaining this pathway and we're so happy to be living near by to enjoy it whenever we can regardless of the time of year.
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Dumbarton Oaks
#4 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
... the exquisite pavilion (designed by Philip Johnson) of pre-Hispanic arts; and the gardens, which are formal and Italian at the top of a hill and become wilder as you go down a slope into the public park.
It was such a nice diversion to walk through the park with its flowering cherry trees (not the oriental trees, but gorgeous nonetheless), tulips and other lovely flowers and flowering trees.
United States Botanic Garden
#5 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
Along with the always beautiful plants and flowers and seasonal poinsettia displays, they had an amazing collection of models of various DC buildings and national park iconic images.
This was a great surprise; the Botanic Garden has a unique display of National Park historic buildings and features all created out of natural items (leaves, branches, acorns, etc.).
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U.S. National Arboretum
#6 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
There are forested and open meadow sections of the park. a large azalea collection blooming around May 1, dogwoods, a Chinese and Japanese gardens, conifers, magnolias and tulip trees flowering so timing is a fact...
From the base near the Capital to the park in Suitland, come be inspired by trees, flowers, medicinal plants and other examples of nature in the wild While many museums & monuments abound, you will likely long rem...
Rock Creek Park
#7 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
... miles of trails through the woods, a horse stable that offers riding lessons, a golf course that meanders through the trees in a rustic oasis with few others around, and the National Zoo is in the park as well.
Rock Creek Parkway and the park which surrounds it n both sides is an unparalleled gem unique to D.C. Snaking its narrow way from the Kennedy Center on the Potomac up to Connecticut Ave, then changing its name to...
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Tudor Place
#8 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
You can park on the street close by and are shown around by a guide, it may be worth booking in advance but we were lucky and got tickets at the door .
National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden
#9 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
Wonderful sculpture park outside the main National Gallery building, with a large fountain at its center.
Opposite across the Mall is the Hirschhorn sculpture park which is also great.
National Zoological Park
#10 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
Even though we visited at the beginning of March, when nature is only starting to come alive, the visit was fantastic; the settings are well thought, I can only imagine how beautiful it must be during summer!
From the Pandas park to the Ross Spoonbill in the Amazon section, to the seals, Lions, gorillas, and a myriad of small exotic mammals this place is a true animal life sanctuary.
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Potomac River
#11 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
There are several parks, walking paths along the entire length of the river maybe 3 miles or more, incredible views, C&O canal, Kennedy center, Jefferson Memorial and of course the direct access to Georgetown itself.
In Georgetown, you can munch a lunch while viewing the river in the Georgetown Waterfront Park or the Washington Harbor.
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Enid A. Haupt Garden
#12 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
District Wharf
#13 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
We parked in one of the underground lots $20 but felt lucky to be able to park anywhere.
Splash parks, swings, waterfront, seafood market, etc.
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
#14 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
If you exit and walk under the building to the mall there's also a sculpture park over the road with benches and a fountain.
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Gravelly Point Park Arlington, VA 2.5 mi away
#2 of 24 Nature & Parks in Arlington
Heading North out from Old Town Alexandria or Arlington National Cemetery, you will find a great park to relax and view Washington DC on the other side of the Potomac River or view jets as the take off and land ab...
The park is free, with plenty of parking and is the intersection of numerous bike trails where loads of people are biking, running and rollerblading.
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Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens
#15 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
Loved Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens - really different to other botanical gardens you visit, as really does focus on the beautiful lillies and lotus lillies, which are all over the place!
There is also an amazing amount of wildlife both in the gardens as well as around the boardwalk which winds its way around the park, also worth the walk.
Theodore Roosevelt Island Park Arlington, VA 2.8 mi away
#3 of 24 Nature & Parks in Arlington
Lovely place to enjoy the peace and serenity of nature just minutes from DC. Trails are mostly shaded through the woods, some go down to the water's edge and some are on boardwalks crossing over a marsh area.
This is a fitting memorial to Teddy as he helped preserve many of the wilderness areas and National Parks that we are able to enjoy across the country.
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Potomac Park
#16 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
My wife and I walked along the Potomac River through West Potomac Park from the Arlington Memorial Bridge to the Jefferson Memorial.
We visited the park in end of March 2018, the cherry blossom was very full bloom.
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Smithsonian Garden
#17 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
C & O Canal
#18 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
We parked at the C&O National Historic Park (Billy Goat Trail) in Potomac, MD -- about 15 miles from the trail head in Georgetown.
...it's a must especially during the spring when nature wakes up quickly and later towards summer will yield its products..
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The Yards Park
#19 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
They have built up so many apartment buildings, restaurants, bars, stores, a beautiful park overlooking the river with a really cool bridge and a great spot to catch the sun set.
Good for a peaceful stroll along the water, stop at the park with the kids, sit in one of the many cozy spots with a book or a friend, stop in one of the many waterfront establishments for a drink or a meal.
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Mary Livingston Ripley Garden
#20 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
There were ample park benches to sit and relax (wonderful after doing so much walking!).
Get off the beaten path and enjoy this perfect slice of nature
Bartholdi Park
#21 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
Located next to United States Botanic garden is a neat little park called Bartholdi park with the fountain named after him which is splendid, well worth the visit.
Situated between Independence Ave and 1st Street SW is a small park with the Bartholdi fountain as its centerpiece.
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Meridian Hill Park
#22 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
There are also cool statues (Joan of Arc, Buchanan, and others) hidden throughout the park and plenty of green space or benches to read, sun bathe, or picnic.
Pleasant and friendly ambiance benches and a few tables to dine or enjoy solitude in nature!
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Constitution Gardens
#23 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
Peaceful, beautiful park and memorial
Nice park along our travel route
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Lincoln Park
#24 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
Situated directly east of the United States Capitol, on East Capitol and 11th Street in the northeastern quadrant of the city, Lincoln Park was the site of a hospital during the Civil War.
Hains Point
#25 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
Capitol Reflecting Pool
#26 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
It’s fun, pull of people and a great park on both sides that are full of other interesting sights.
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Mary McLeod Bethune Council House
#27 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
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Francis Scott Key Memorial Park
#28 of 73 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
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