Washington, D.C. Travel Guide

Washington, D.C. Sports & Activities

Although Washington may be best known for what goes on inside its hallowed corridors, what happens outside is just as entertaining. Washingtonians are an active bunch, and the city provides a fantastic recreational backyard, with dozens of beautiful open spaces in the District and the nearby Maryland and Virginia suburbs. The city's residents take full advantage of these opportunities, biking its many trails, running amid the monuments, and sailing up the Potomac. They are also passionate about their local teams—especially the Redskins, the Capitals, and the Nationals, whose games are sold out year after year.

Visitors to Washington can enjoy a wealth of outdoor attractions. Rock Creek Park is one of the city's treasures, with miles of wooded trails and paths for bikers, runners, and walkers that extend to almost every part of the city. The National Mall connects the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol and is one of the most scenic green spaces in the world. Around the Tidal Basin you can run, tour the monuments, and rent paddleboats. Theodore Roosevelt Island, a wildlife sanctuary, has several paths for hiking and enjoyable spots for picnics. And these places are just a few among dozens.


Washington Nationals. It's been a decade now since Major League Baseball returned to D.C., where the Washington Nationals of the National League...


Georgetown University Hoyas. Former NCAA national champions, the Hoyas are the most prominent Division I men's college basketball team in the...


The numerous trails in the District and its surrounding areas are well maintained and clearly marked. Washington’s large parks are also popular...

Boating and Sailing

The Chesapeake Bay is one of the great sailing basins of the world. For scenic and historical sightseeing, take a day trip to Annapolis, Maryland...


Washington Redskins. The perennially popular Redskins continue to play football in the Maryland suburbs at 79,000-seat FedEx field. Under...


Constitution Gardens. Many ideas were proposed to develop this 50-acre site near the Reflecting Pool and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. President...


Great hiking is available in and around Washington. Hikes and nature walks are listed in the Friday "Weekend" section of the Washington Post...

Hockey and Ice-Skating

National Gallery of Art Ice Rink. One of the most popular outdoor winter venues in Washington is surrounded by the museum's Sculpture Garden...

Kite Flying

Blossom Kite Festival. The Smithsonian's annual kite fest gives kids and adults a chance to enjoy a day of kite flying on the National Mall...


Washington is more than marble-and-limestone buildings. The city is blessed with numerous parks and outdoor attractions that provide a break...


Running is one of the best ways to see the city, and several uninterrupted scenic trails wend through Downtown Washington and nearby northern...


D.C. United. One of the best Major League Soccer teams has a huge fan base in the nation's capital, finding many of its fans in the international...


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