7. Theodore Roosevelt Island
Theodore Roosevelt Island, an 88.5-acre island located in the Potomac River, is a great place to shoot photos. It is a seeming wilderness of forests, swamps, trails, and wildlife, and appropriately features a giant statue of Theodore Roosevelt. It is also a quiet refuge from the bustle of the city. The island is maintained by the National Park Service as part of the nearby George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Jake's Tips: Even before you cross the footbridge to the island, you'll see that the Potomac River is teeming with wildlife, kayakers, crew teams and paddle boarders offering you lots of photo ops. Once on the island, take the foot trail that circumnavigates the entire island, as each bend in the path reveals the likes of the Georgetown waterfront, Georgetown University, the Kennedy Center and much more. I’d suggest taking photos midday, as the park is closed at night. In the middle of the day, beams of sunlight make their way through the high treetops, giving photographers more light to work with. On the south side of the island, there is a real marsh with a boardwalk allowing you to pass through the area; it's often frequented by long-legged birds like Great Blue Herons looking for a fishy lunch. The boardwalk eventually takes you to drier land and through the trees where you get additional views of the Kennedy Center and the D.C. skyline, along with boat traffic and rowers plying the Potomac.