4. Stroll the gardens at Potomac Overlook Regional Park
Spend some time deep in the forest of Potomac Overlook Regional Park, where you can explore 70 acres of woods, trails and educational gardens. Hike miles of trails while following interpretive displays to learn about Northern Virginia’s flora and fauna.
5. Go birding within view of the Washington Monument
Birdwatchers flock to the Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary, a popular spot to spy osprey, green heron, red-winged blackbirds and mallards in summer or watch wintering waterfowl make a glorious appearance in cooler months. Birders also flock to Theodore Roosevelt Island with their checklist to discover many of the nearly 200 species of birds that have been documented within its 88 acres.
6. Unlock serenity in a field of flowers
Thousands of bright yellow daffodils and hundreds of tulips herald the arrival of spring at Lady Bird Johnson Park. This floral scene will stop you in your tracks, so make sure to stop here for great photos, picnics and quiet contemplation.
7. Head to the Columbia Island Marina for boating and fun events
Just across the George Washington Memorial Parkway, the Columbia Island Marina docks yachts and serves as a put-in for kayaks and paddleboards. The picturesque marina also plays host to live music and other events in the summertime.
8. Honor American heroes
Walk across Arlington Memorial Bridge and Avenue with glorious views of the Potomac River, providing a ceremonial entrance from Virginia. Designed as an "Avenue of Heroes," the bridge is lined with memorials to Admiral Byrd, the Seabees, Valor and Sacrifice. Symbolically, the bridge was designed to show the strength of a united nation by joining north and south and connecting the capital to Arlington National Cemetery.
More than 400,000 servicemen and women are buried there, including presidents John F. Kennedy and William H. Taft, civil rights icons Medgar Evers and Thurgood Marshall and the architect who planned the layout of DC, Pierre Charles L'Enfant.