Washington, D.C. is blessed with beautiful public spaces. Today, take a walk and explore three of the best parks in the capital.
Divided by the iconic Potomac River, the Potomac Parks are divided into two parts: East and West. Together, the parks encompass approximately 395 acres.
East Potomac Park
Located southwest of the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Channel, East Potomac Park is frequented by a bevy of locals. East Potomac Park’s well-maintained paths are a favorite among cyclists, runners, and inline skaters.
East Potomac Park is home to a number of popular D.C. attractions. Within the expansive park, you’ll find the following:
- East Potomac Park Golf Course
- East Potomac Pool
- Athletic fields and sports courts (for American football, baseball, softball, rugby, and soccer).
West Potomac Park
West Potomac Park is a designated national park located near the Washington Monument and the National Mall. The park, which encompasses approximately 395 acres, is the site of many national memorials and recreation fields.
Here are some of the key sites you’ll find within the West Potomac Park:
- Vietnam War Veterans Memorial
- Korean War Memorial
- Lincoln Memorial
- Jefferson Memorial
- World War II Memorial
- Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
- FDR Memorial
- Constitution Gardens
- The Tidal Basin
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
Also known as the C&O Canal or the Grand Old Ditch, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is a national park that starts at Georgetown and ends in Cumberland, Maryland.
The C&O Canal is a popular spot for outdoor recreation and history. Seasonal public boat rides are offered to take visitors down the canal, which once transported coal from the Allegheny Mountains downstream. Other activities at C&O Canal include hiking, biking, and camping. For more information, click here.
Rock Creek Park
Encompassing over 2000 acres, Rock Creek Park is a protected landscape/seascape and a registered historic district. Aside from flourishing nature, you will find a well-preserved collection of buildings — perfect examples of NPS Rustic, Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Revival, and Early Republic architecture.
Aside from outdoor recreation and history, visitors flock to Rock Creek Park to observe and learn more about the night sky. You can find the high-tech Rock Creek Park Planetarium within the grounds.