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Washington DC: C&O Canal Trail

Stretching 185 miles from Western Maryland to Washington, D.C., the legendary C&O Canal Trail is an excellent resource for travelers in the D.C. area. The dirt and crushed gravel surface is not appropriate for high-end road bikes, but hybrid or mountain bikes are a great option. The ten miles of the trail that are closest to Washington D.C. are the …

Sligo Creek Stream Valley Trail

For those traveling to the Silver Spring/Wheaton area, the Sligo Creek Trail offers 10.2 miles of paved asphalt multi-use trail. Some single track trail borders the pavement along portions of the trail, which runs along the Sligo Creek Parkway. Benches are located at regular intervals along the path, and porta potties and water fountains are available at several parks along …

Rock Creek Park

One of the District’s biggest and most loved parks, Rock Creek Park is operated by the National Parks Service and stretches from Maryland all the way through Northwestern Washington D.C. to the Potomac River. The park can be accessed from many different points in the city, but the main entrance is located at the Nature Center. To access the Nature …

East Potomac Park

Part of the Marine Corps Marathon route, East Potomac Park is a 3-mile peninsula loop that connects to West Potomac Park and the Tidal Basin.  Runners and cyclists can follow the quiet asphalt street down and around the peninsula to Hains Point, and you’re sure to have good company along the way. The peninsula offers beautiful views of the Potomac …

West Potomac Park

Home to the famous Cherry Blossom Festival, West Potomac Park includes Washington D.C.’s Tidal Basin. The paved 1.75-mile loop is beautiful in all seasons and is also very convenient; located close to the National Mall, it can be added on to other trails for additional mileage. Benches, trash cans, and water fountains are available along the loop, and bathrooms are …

National Mall

If you go to Washington D.C. and don’t take the chance to run, bike or walk around the National Mall, you are missing out on a great opportunity to see the most iconic sites of the city while getting in a workout. The multi-use path varies from a dirt path near the Smithsonian Museums to asphalt near the Reflecting Pool, …

Capital Crescent Trail

The Capital Crescent Trail is a wide, flat dirt path stretching from Georgetown to Bethesda. Approximately 7.5 miles in length, the trail features mile markers and is a popular route for runners. Some cyclists do utilize the trail, but the surface may be inappropriate for road bikes, so approach with caution. Getting onto the path from Georgetown is as easy …

Mount Vernon Trail

Running along the banks of the Potomac River through Northern Virginia, the Mt. Vernon Trail is a great resource for runners or cyclists who are looking to get a long workout in. The trail is 18 miles in length and runs from Theodore Roosevelt Island to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s historic home. The path is mostly asphalt with some areas …

SUNdeVICH

A boutique sandwich shop located near Chinatown, SUNdeVICH prides itself on delivering international flavors through its menu. Each lunch sandwich is named after the global city that its flavors echo, although breakfast sandwiches and salads are also available. I was struck by the very unique proteins offered by SUNdeVICH; Russian salad, lamb, bratwurst, chorizo, and beef tongue are just some …

Ezmè

Located in the iconic and fashionable Dupont Circle neighborhood (and easily accessible from the Dupont Circle metro station), Ezmè features Turkish food served in the tapas/small-plate style. The restaurant suggests ordering 2-3 dishes per patron, making it easy to control portion sizes. The authentic Turkish cuisine features vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free items, all of which are clearly noted on the …

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