The Rock Creek Park contains a beautiful wild forest and serves as an oasis for city residents and tourists. Attractions include picnic areas, winding trails and bike paths, a nature center, a public golf course, tennis courts and stables. The centerpiece is a working gristmill, complete with a turning water wheel. Rock Creek Parkway runs alongside the meandering creek. Parts of the road are closed to traffic on weekends and turned over to cyclists and roller bladers. Although the Metro is nearby, a car is required to visit many of the key sites in a single trip. The park is also a popular spot in the winter for sledding, snowballs and other outdoor merriment.
The gorgeous U.S. Botanic Garden conservatory presents botanical variety, from the desert to the tropics, along a series of calm and gently meandering paths. A particular waterfall and garden display the flora of the dinosaur age. Seasonal displays include Christmas greens and poinsettias in December and January, chrysanthemums in autumn and blooming flowers at Easter. A part of the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), the National Garden, was opened in October 2006 and includes the carefully-designed Butterfly Garden.
The Piscataway Park is a haven that every single nature lover would like to explore. Be it the rare species of birds or its nature trails, this park will surely leave you awe struck. Apart from enjoying the scenic views, here you can also indulge in activities like fishing, bird watching and much more. It is a perfect destination that combines recreation with adventure.
The Fountainhead Regional Park of Virginia offers something for all age groups and interests. Go for a hike, play a game of miniature golf, relax in a boat, indulge in fishing or simply enjoy a family picnic by the lake here. Spread across 809 hectares of greens, the park also features equestrian and mountain biking trails, picnic shelters, boat rentals, and a snack bar. Check out their website for details about upcoming events and programs in the park.
Gorman Auditorium located inside the Gorman building is a part of Georgetown University. This multimedia room is used for screening of short films and is primarily used for medical conferences. The center offers medical check ups and has been instrumental in bringing health awareness. Take part in one of their medical sessions to learn more and you can also visit them for medical check-ups.