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Going Off Campus- Best Of The Outdoors


Most people that move to a new city to go to college generally stay on campus and don’t experience everything their new city has to offer. They stuck in the same patterns of doing what is comfortable to them, but it’s important to remember change is good. Trying new things allows you to develop new skills sets that you might later be able to use in other aspects of your life.

In addition, Washington DC is a beautiful city with tons of things to offer that range from historical to nature. Checking out and exploring D.C. is an adventure on its own and will get you familiar with this wonderful city. If you would like to venture off campus, we have a list of some of the best things to do outdoors around Washington DC.


Best Of The Outdoors


The Botanic Garden 

The Botanic Garden is location in the National Mall and allows you to take a break from all the concrete building you see walking around town. With it being the Botanic Garden is in the middle of town next to the Capitol, why not take a stop a view some plants from all over the world. It is a good switch up from all the museums that are all over town. For those that love nature, you don’t have to travel far to be able to get to that lovely calm scene with greenery.


Theodore Roosevelt Island

In tribute to the 26th United States president, Theodore Roosevelt Island was transformed in the 1930s from a neglected farmland to a wonderful park that you can take a bike ride, job or even kayaking in this wonderful setting. It was developed to create a “real forest” feel for outdoorsman just a few steps from The White House. Theodore Roosevelt Island is about 88 acres in size and can be accessed by footbridge along the Potomac River.


Great Falls Park

Drive 15 miles from DC and you will get to the Great Falls Park that allows you to get stunning views of the Potomac River. There are 3 separate waterfalls that you can view while visiting the Great Falls Park. This area is great for hikers as there are tons of trains that you can walk for miles. Also, those that like to horseback ride or climb can do these activities at Great Falls Park as the trails here go on for miles.


Rock Creek Park

If you are a history buff, then Rock Creek Park is somewhere that you must visit, as it was one of the first federal national parks that were developed in 1890. There are colonial houses and Civil War strongholds throughout this park. There are over 32 miles of trails that you can hike or bike. Within the area you can always play a few rounds of golf or even some tennis matches.


Tidal Basin

If you have heard of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, then you should know that each spring this event occurs at the reservoir of the Tidal Basin. There are iconic monuments throughout the Tidal Basin, which includes the MLK Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the FDR Memorial. You can get free tours of the area if you go to the National Park Service office and they will provide you with a free walking tour and provide you with more information about the Tidal Basin.




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