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This Potomac River island is an apt memorial to the conservation-minded Teddy Roosevelt, the nation's 26th president. The 88-acre wildlife refuge can be explored along winding footpaths. In a clearing at the island's center stands a 22-foot bronze statue of Roosevelt, accompanied by inscriptions of his eloquent thoughts on nature and conservation. Access the island from Virginia via George Washington Memorial Parkway. A pedestrian bridge connects the island to a parking lot on the Virginia shoreline.
Nestled in the northern part of the city, James Hunter Park is a serene picnic spot, very popular as a dog-friendly park with designated area for pets. It was established in the memory of James B. Hunter III, who served as the state county board official between 1990 and 1997. The park is also home to some beautiful gardens, open terraces and water fountains.
Franciscan Monastery, a century-old monastery is one of Washington DC's hidden delights. The garden, set on a hillside and reached by winding paths, is full of big trees and places to sit quietly among the flowers and small outdoor shrines. The public is allowed to view the upper church's full-scale replicas of Holy Land shrines. In the lower church, visitors will find a replica of the Roman catacombs, which can only be seen on scheduled tours. Guided tours last about 45 minutes.
Mount St. Sepulchre Franciscan Monastery dates back to the late years of the 19th Century. The monastery gardens are managed by the Garden Guild of the monastery. The guild was set up to protect and develop the beautiful gardens in adherence to the Franciscan norms. The gardens are home to lush rose plantations of different species. Replicas of popular shrines and grottoes are also found here. Of noteworthy importance is the mock tomb of Saint Jude and the a representation of the Stations of the Cross.
A part of the President's Park, the Ellipse is a vast open space encircled by an oval trail. The park is home to a number of monuments, including the famous Ellipse Meridian Stone. Also known as the President's Park South the park doubles as an entertainment venue, hosting numerous local events including military pageants, musical events, garden tours and others.
This 52-acre park is located north of the Reflecting Pool amid the capital's many famous monuments and memorials. A beautiful place for a stroll, the paths wind through the trees taking you to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a lake and a memorial to the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Steeped in history, this is a must-see on any DC tour.