Spread over 530 acres (214 hectares) Cabin John Regional Park park is among the largest community parks in the Bethesda region. The Cabin John Regional Park has something for everyone, featuring picnic spots, playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, a nature center, a dog park, skating rink, trails, a campground and a miniature train. The adventure playground and the totem pole are the park's special attractions which are immensely popular among the little ones.
Spanning 538.55 acres (217.99 hectares) of land, Wheaton Regional Park is a natural oasis just north of Washington DC. The park, which was established in 1960, has three distinct sections that all offer different activities, from a train ride through the Shorefield area, to an informational nature walk at the Brookside Nature Center in the Glenallan area. The park also has many hiking trails that show off the park's natural beauty, as well as many picnic areas that are perfect for a sunny afternoon.
Part of the original design for the federal city, this massive park stretches from the US Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial and around the Tidal Basin to the Jefferson Memorial. It has played host to many momentous, world-changing events throughout history including the 1963 March on Washington, the Million Man March and several presidential inaugurations. Today, the National Mall serves as a place for reflection, a memorial to American heroes, a symbol of freedom and a forum for the exercise of democracy. The Smithsonian museums, the Vietnam Memorial, the Reflecting Pool and the iconic Washington Monument are a few of the most well-known of the National Mall's many iconic sites. Certainly, any visit to Washington DC should start with a tour of the United States National Mall, aptly named "America's front yard."
Best known for its vast collection of azaleas, (a popular porch-flower), this 446-acre (180-hectare) garden park has much else to offer. Fountains, pools and open space separate a series of focused gardens at the United States National Arboretum. The National Bonsai Collection, a gift from Japan, is a fascinating exhibit of tiny trees. Other notable sections are the aquatic garden (filled with lotuses of many varieties) and the National Herb Garden.
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.
One of the most popular rail trails in the country and also the most used, the Capital Crescent Trail is a pleasant 11-mile (17.70 kilometers) stretch covering through Georgetown on Water Street till Silver Spring. Set on the once deserted Georgetown Branch rail line, it is a hotspot for rollerbladers, hikers, skateboarders, walkers, bikers and joggers. Most of the trail is asphalt and is also used for commuting. Winding through parks, wooded areas, water bodies and local attractions, it is indeed a landmark in the locality and the nearby areas. So if you're planning to spend a day outdoors without venturing far away from civilization, then Capital Crescent Trail is your destination.
Trailside Park is a nice place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon with the family. The park has a spacious playground for kids, a skate park and several wooded trails, midst which you can wander peacefully.
Named in honor of Vernon J. Walker, the first director of development in Reston, Walker Nature Center is a great place for those who enjoy the outdoors and nature. Sprawling at 72 acres (29.14 hectares) of wooded land, it comprises of an eco-friendly nature house, loop trails, picnic spots, a pond, interpretive signs, camping zones, gardens, a meadow and lake. Get to know about the natural bounty at the nature center. Bird walks, stargazing, hiking, wildlife counts, rangers camp and nature programs are a hit among the locals at this site.
One of the most picturesque locations in the city, Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park is the place to be, to unwind and lose yourself in nature's serenity. Set on the banks of the Potomac river, the park has plenty to offer for everyone with a taste of the outdoors. With numerous walking and hiking trails, campgrounds, picnic spots and sprawling tree and shrub covers, there's plenty to indulge in at this lush park.
Famous for its long strethes of beaches, Belmont in Virginia is marked as a census designated region. Belmont consists of two key subdivisions - Belmont Greene and Belmont Country Club. Belmont Greene remains a traditional, close-knit neighborhood with a long history. Belmont Country Club is relatively upscale and offers elegance and simplicity to its esteemed visitors.
Brambleton Golf Course is a multipurpose field, for baseball, golfing and private events. The well maintained lawn is a picturesque sight with a water fountain in the center. While you are here visit their lush green park and you can even go camping here. The field is an ideal ground to spend a day with friends and family and enjoy in a natural environment.