Outdoor Adventures in Washington, DC
Outdoor adventures in Washington D.C. are waiting! RootsRated’s local experts explore the very best destinations for hiking, trail running, cycling, mountain biking, climbing, paddling and more. Whether you are searching for a quick outing or a multi-day adventure, RootsRated has an insider’s look at the top trails and destinations Washington D.C. has to offer.
While DC is as cosmopolitan as they come, a wealth of adventure can be accessed both in the city and in the wilderness not far from the White House. Runners can take daily laps around the National Mall while they soak in the history of America's capital city. Cyclists can escape the busy streets and head into the hills only ten minutes from downtown. And perhaps best of all, a mere hour's drive brings you into the Appalachian Mountains, where rock climbing, mountain biking, bouldering, hiking and of course, backpacking along the famous Appalachian Trail await.
Because life is busy and it’s not always easy to get of the city, there’s indoor climbing available at Earth Treks, an impressive facility with 45 foot walls. And for a mellow afternoon of fun, why not try one of the disc golf courses?
DC is always growing, moving, and shaking. Because of that, the importance of nearby wilderness escapes is extra valuable. RootsRated is there to help you find all the best adventures awaiting in the nation’s capital because there’s nothing like a hearty run or bike ride to go with all that red, white and blue.
The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail travels approximately 200 miles and passes 19 different vineyards in west central Virginia, providing an excellent biking adventure.
The historic Shenandoah Valley town of Staunton, Virginia, is an excellent place to view the fall colors. With hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and biking—plus a wide variety of in-town amenities—Staunton is perfect for a fall getaway.
Virginia’s Eastern Shore is a natural wonder.
On a map, Mallows Bay appears to be just another insignificant cleft in the shoreline. But, beneath the shallow waters of this forgotten inlet lies the largest collection of decaying ships in the entire country.
Take to the road on your bike for full-immersion into the season on one of these top DC rides for fall splendor.
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