The capital of the United States, Washington D.C., is known for its history and humid subtropical weather. It definitely has four distinct seasons, thus making it a great location for running. Although D.C. is mostly flat, it offers several great places to run, walk, or bike. Below are the best and safest places to run in the Washington D.C. area.
Best Places to Run in Washington D.C.
- Rock Creek Park: Extends about 12 miles from the Potomac River to the border of Maryland. This urban park offers over 25 miles of trails and is a great place to enjoy the day. Either jog it or take the family out for a picnic. Safety is not an issue due to the fact that a park ranger is on staff.
- Sligo Creek Trail: One of the oldest trails in the county. It is a 10 mile hard surface trail that starts near Prince George’s county border and continues through Montgomery County. Again, a safe place to take a stroll or spend time with the family.
- Valley Trail: Also known as Beach Trail, extends for approximately five miles of hills and beautiful scenery. Located in northwest Washington, Valley Trail is home to a few annual races. Enjoy the scenery and get a great workout at the same time. Nothing Better!!
- National Mall: This path stretches 1.9 miles from the Lincoln Memorial to Capitol Hill. Along this tree-lined path you’ll pass the reflection pond, WWII Memorial, Washington Monument and many other important monuments. You’ll also catch glimpses of the White House, and likely a few of our nation’s leaders.
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