National Parks in Washington DC

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National Parks in Washington DC

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  • paxa
    Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
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    This park is a real hidden gem. I can't believe it took us living in DC forever and just visiting it for the first time. For a garden that's right in the middle of the city it has a charming wilderness and deserted feel to it. We came here in mid August after the peak lotus bloom season but there were still plenty of flowers around. Buggy in a good way - no mosquitos which was a pleasant surprise as the whole place is a marsh - lots of pretty dragonflies and butterflies. Also many egrets, even saw one in flight which is a rare sight. Nice trails around the ponds, boardwalks over the marsh and paved bike trails. A bit tricky to get to when you are unfamiliar with the surrounding streets but now that we know how to get there will definitely visit more often.
    Written August 15, 2022
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  • Brendan S
    Arlington, VA2,028 contributions
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    This house was the location of Mary McLeod Bethune's National Council of Negro Women until 1966. She founded the organization and Bethune-Cookman college and hosted many famous dignitaries and civil rights leaders at this house while she managed the Council.

    The House is only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There is a free half hour tour of two of the floors of the House, which has several original pieces of furniture and many photos of McLeod Bethune. It does not take long to visit this site and it is worth visiting to learn this important history.
    Written June 9, 2023
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  • Traveller
    New York City, NY3,215 contributions
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    I walked along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Georgetown in October 2021. I exited the Foggy Bottom / George Washington University metro station and walked to Georgetown. I went in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel and behind the hotel is the entrance to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The walking path along the canal is paved and it is a very peaceful place. You can see the canal, locks, waterfalls, tow boats. At about 32nd Street it is not paved any more so I decided to exit the canal and go back to M Street. Maybe next time I will walk further on the canal.
    Written October 17, 2021
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  • 23dj
    Las Vegas, NV18,336 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful park located next to so many attractions and monuments. Ideal for a walk, run or hike. Worth stopping to take pictures
    Written June 12, 2023
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
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    It is a historical park because in the old days, the Canal was used to transport goods and people from various places in Maryland to Georgetown, in Washington, DC. Note that there are several attractions located along this long Canal (up to Cumberland, in Western Maryland).

    Jogging, walking. and biking are some of the activities one can do at this Park. Other attractions near by include Georgetown neighborhood: shops, restaurants, museum, gardens, and Potomac River.

    Tips: Visit the other park related to this Historical Park that is located in Potomac, Maryland. Ride a boat pulled by horses, walk, jog, ride your bike, hike, admire the water falls, etc. - all these can be done at this other location. TripAdvisor calls this attraction = Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center. Its other name is the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park.
    Written October 17, 2015
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  • 23dj
    Las Vegas, NV18,336 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but nice park located nearby many restaurants, some embassies and government buildings. Ideal to sit down and enjoy the surroundings
    Written July 29, 2023
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  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand3,954 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was entirely fenced and blocked off when I passed by. Perhaps not used anymore as visitors are processed through the White House Visitors Center across the street.
    Written September 7, 2023
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  • Gail B
    2 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a park with some poor/homeless occupants, and it is also a park that gives the opportunity for people who have a HEART to help someone other than themselves--or just listen to someone's story of how they got there. Like in any community, there are good and bad people there. We are a very self-centered nation that has not been FAIR to all people...unlike others commenting negatively, I go there sometimes and my heart/time/$ goes out to the unfortunate in this park and elsewhere. One day many more people will be homeless--the very ones complaining about this park and its homeless population that has nowhere to go.
    Written September 2, 2022
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