Through the years, the National Cherry Blossom Festival has taken on more and more significance – growing from its initial three-day celebration – to its current two weeks, packed with ceremonial and entertainment events.
You may be surprised to learn that you do not need to leave the confines of Washington, DC to find world-class spring migration birding opportunities. There are a number of parks and habitats throughout the city that provide important habitat for breeding or foraging on the journey northwards.
Cycling the C&O Canal is a great way to reflect and commune with nature. Follow one man’s journey along the canal as he observes the forms of ‘natural’ and ‘man-made’ within the Park.
Lying along the broad tidal stretch of the Potomac River about 50 miles downstream from Washington, DC, Caledon State Park’s 2,500 acres of riverside forest are a gathering place for bald eagles from up and down the East Coast.
Everyone who was anyone in the ever-evolving political and commercial landscape of the time would have spent hour upon hour at Gadsby’s Tavern – eating, drinking and engaging in heavy debates over the issues of the day.
Six of the Lockhouses on the C&O Canal have been refurbished and furnished to accommodate overnight guests.
Located only 30 minutes from Washington D.C, Huntley Meadows serves as a natural island vacation from the monotonous meadows of metropolis.
The idea of canoeing or kayaking with kids may seem daunting ‒ you need the right equipment, and safety precautions are paramount. But there are many places on the Potomac River where paddlers of all ages can take off with ease.
The Potomac is one of Chesapeake Bay’s “Five Fair Rivers,” mentioned by John Smith and is home to a large part of the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail. Chesapeake Paddlers Association has a long tradition of kayak touring on the Potomac. Ralph Heimlich has been trying to revive that interest.
Stand-up paddle boarding came to the Chesapeake Bay region about seven years ago and shows no signs of waning. The sport is growing in popularity: There are paddle board races, paddle board team-building activities, paddle board yoga, paddle board youth camps and even a cool nickname for the sport — SUP.
If you are determined to hit the water, don’t act on impulse. Plan ahead. Investigate a full range of safety gear and, most importantly, test it in the water, close to shore, with others present.
From the heights of Fort Washington Park, the shores of the Potomac River frame the skyline of the nation's capital with the Washington Monument jutting toward the sky. Urban life can seem very far away.