Below is a compilation list of some off the beaten paths, which you can explore while touring Washington DC. Include them into your DC tour itinerary to make the most of the trip. The city is home to many areas of interest that lets you escape the hustle and bustle. These are four of its best kept secrets.
Meridian Hill Park’s Drum Circle
The drum circle in this urban park run by National Park Service is a long-standing tradition to have lasted for several decades. Those in DC believe it started after the passing away of Malcom X, the American minister cum a human rights activist. In the diverse local crowd, it is known as the Malcom X Park. Now, the drum circle takes place during the summertime as a tribute to the spiritual revival of the African Americans. People gather at the park especially on Sundays during summer playing rhythmic percussion, which is the throbbing beat of the ethnic group.
U.S. National Arboretum’s Trees
This botanical garden devoted to trees in Washington DC is home to the Bonsai & Penjing Museum. The museum is replete with a large collection of ornamental Bonsai trees that are beautiful to look at. The azalea gardens in the arboretum turns colorful especially during spring, whereas the magnolia and holly gardens are gorgeous during fall and winter seasons. Its National Grove of State Trees is lined up with the official trees of the 50 US states.
Plane Spotting While Touring Washington DC
Watching planes fly and land is one of the free pastime activities of those in DC. Hains and Gravelly Point offers a view to the Reagan National Airport runway. If you are looking for an area for plane spotting at the Arlington airport, look nowhere but the Gravelly Point in the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Alternatively, you can also watch the planes take off and land there, and take photographs from the Hains Point situated at the southernmost tip of the East Potomac Park.
The C&O Canal Towpath
This Georgetown canal’s towpath is perfect for hiking, biking, or strolling through with the historic buildings of the neighborhood lined up along the way. The canal spans 184.5 miles and extends all the way up to Maryland and West Virginia. If you visit Georgetown, also consider exploring the path beside the canal.