DC is a great place to spend time outdoors, especially in the summer. This season is arguably the best time to squeeze the juice out of your Washington DC tour, letting you fully enjoy various outdoor attractions including open-air hangouts and parks. Following are some of the activities and attractions you definitely should not miss.
Rock Creek Park
Among the earliest developed national parks in the country, the Rock Creek Park goes back to the 1890’s. It lets you look out at scenic views that lend a relaxing effect to combat whatever lingering hectic backlash you may be carrying. There are 32 hiking trails to set out on, Civil War strongholds and other landmarks to see, and plenty of room for activities such as picnicking and horseback riding.
Meridian Hill Park
This rambling urban park is situated in the Columbia Heights area, and is known for its cascading fountain that has thirteen basins, which is also the longest one in the country. Some of the other prominent monuments here are the James Buchanan Memorial and the Dante and Joan of Arc statues.
Called America’s front yard for good reason, the National Mall is situated in the center of DC, and has the US Capitol to its east while to the west, there is the Lincoln Memorial. A stroll here can elicit wonderment at the great history of our nation, owing to the fact that this place played witness to several revolutionary movements. You may have already visited it during daytime, but a moonlit visit is something you should really try.
A manmade island beside its more famous neighbor, Heritage Island, Kingman Island offers the perfect spot for activities such as biking, boating, fishing, and picnicking. The aesthetics of the place are truly a sight to behold.
Dupont Circle Farmers Market
For the best of food experiences in DC, hit the Dupont Circle market and check out the different open-air attractions. Every Sunday you have hordes of people here, picking out the best they can find of baked goods, fresh produce, and meats. They even serve locally sourced meals, so try one of those.
These are some of the best place to visit while on tour in DC. Make sure you have enough time and energy to finish seeing the sights you planned to visit afterwards.