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Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
#1 of 64 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 64 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 64 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
You will miss the big crowds, the teenagers on spring break & baby strollers!! HINT: hidden bathroom located at FDR, behind the gift shop! also an area there with park benches directly under the trees!! FANTASTIC...
Lovely walks, lovely nature and natural beauty combined with the best that humanity has to offer in terms of art and design.
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Dumbarton Oaks
#4 of 64 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
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.
... 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.
United States Botanic Garden
#5 of 64 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.
For those who among you who think orchids are an incredible gift of nature, now's your time to visit the US Botanic Garden where this exhibit is on display of both terrestrial and tree orchids.
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U.S. National Arboretum
#6 of 64 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...
The National Arboretum is an amazing park where you can explore gardens, have a leisurely picnic, and still get some historical information.
Rock Creek Park
#7 of 64 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 park is a wonderful, peaceful and nature park, where you can hike, walk, bike, or just sit and enjoy all the flora and fauna
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National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden
#8 of 64 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.
Tudor Place
#9 of 64 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 Zoological Park
#10 of 64 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
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.
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!
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Potomac River
#11 of 64 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
A nice river the area is filled with beautiful bridges, great parks, and living history.
There are some common and uncommon great places to enjoy the river: 1. Gravely Point (Watch the airplanes) 2. Theodore Roosevelt Island/Park 3. Georgetown river walk/restaurants 4. Kennedy Center view from the top...
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Enid A. Haupt Garden
#12 of 64 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
#13 of 64 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.
Spring is awakening here and the sculptures have yet to compete...they stand in their glory with nature about to unfold.
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Gravelly Point Park Arlington, VA 4.0 km away
#2 of 23 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.
Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens
#14 of 64 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 4.6 km away
#3 of 23 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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District Wharf
#15 of 64 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
Splash parks, swings, waterfront, seafood market, etc.
Potomac Park
#16 of 64 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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C & O Canal
#17 of 64 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.
Gt off the streets and visit the beauty of nature...
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Smithsonian Garden
#18 of 64 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
The Yards Park
#19 of 64 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
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.
Yards Park is relatively calm and serene compared to DC's more popular waterfront areas.
Mary Livingston Ripley Garden
#20 of 64 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
Get off the beaten path and enjoy this perfect slice of nature
There were ample park benches to sit and relax (wonderful after doing so much walking!).
Constitution Gardens
#21 of 64 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
Peaceful, beautiful park and memorial
Nice park along our travel route
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Bartholdi Park
#22 of 64 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.
Meridian Hill Park
#23 of 64 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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Lincoln Park
#24 of 64 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.
I loved seeing how active the park was each day - parents pushing strollers, people tossing a ball, playing fetch with their dogs, biking around the perimeter, jogging, toddlers running.
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Long Bridge Park Arlington, VA 4.3 km away
#4 of 23 Nature & Parks in Arlington
Lovely park for walking with beautiful views of the Potomac River and Washington Monument.
I walked the length of Long Bridge Park — probably a 1/2 mile each way — and it offers great views of Reagan national airport and the trains that passed by parallel to the park.
Francis Scott Key Memorial Park
#25 of 64 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
I really enjoyed crossing the bridge with the beautiful view of the Georgetown University, and then stopping at the Park before walking around the restaurants and shops and eventually walking to Georgetown.
The park is dedicated to the poet writing the text for the national anthem.
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Mary McLeod Bethune Council House
#26 of 64 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
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Hains Point
#27 of 64 Nature & Parks in Washington DC
In a hard-to-drive-to section of Southeast DC, Hain's Point is a long, grassy park that attracts mostly local families & young people out for a picnic, biking, jogging, a pick-up game, or simply to while away a we...