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Top park recommendations from locals

Zoo
“An after-hours visit to the National Zoo during ZooLights, which illuminates the zoo with more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LEDs, animated light installations, live music and more. Bid good cheer to various animals on display. ZooLights runs Nov. 29 – Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24, 25 & 31). ”
  • 254 locals recommend
Park
“The Sunday afternoon drumming circle is ver popular with locals. (Only available during the spring-fall months). Also, you can see the Washington Monument from here. ”
  • 250 locals recommend
Park
“The Georgetown Waterfront Park is a national park completed in Washington, DC, in the fall of 2011. Part of the Georgetown Historic District, the park stretches along the banks of the Potomac River from 31st Street, NW, to the Key Bridge. As a result of many years of advocacy and fundraising, the site features several notable design elements. Now complete, the park links 225 miles (362 km) of parkland along the Potomac River stretching from Cumberland, Maryland, to Mount Vernon, Virginia. The park was designed to complement the natural curve of the river passively. The park features gently sloping grass hills and shade trees. The landscape blends with mixed-use paved pathways. The promenade provides panoramic views of Theodore Roosevelt Island, the Key Bridge, and the Kennedy Center. Several distinctive design elements include an interactive fountain, river stairs, and scenic overlooks. This part of the park, known as the Wisconsin Avenue Plaza, serves as a gateway to the Potomac River. ”
  • 97 locals recommend
Landmark
“I occasionally go here at night, sit on the steps, and just observe the reflection pool along with the Washington Monument in the night sky. I honestly think the experience is better at night. There’s usually college aged adults and small groups of tourists around even at 1am. ”
  • 107 locals recommend
Memorial Site
“The view of Washington DC at night from the Iwo Jima Memorial is amazing. Many times, when you see night photos and post cards from Washington DC, it is from this vantage point.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“My favorite place to do a little hike. It's a designated wilderness area, but with easy trails and great historical markers. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
Park
“Gravelly Point is more of a locals thing but its worth a mention. Its a park right along the Potomac River just north of Reagan National Airport. Its a fun place to have a watch the planes take off and land. Folks usually bring a blanket (and maybe a picnic) and watch as the planes fly a few hundred feet directly overhead. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Park
“Great place to spend an afternoon shopping! Plenty of cute places to eat as well. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“A leading figure of the American Civil Rights movement, this powerful monument is an inspiring testament to his legacy. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Beautiful Memorial along mall, just across from the Washington Memorial. Best thing is to walk from Lincoln Memorial to WW2 Memorial to Washington Memorial. Parking can be found along Constitution Ave, or you can also try along area by Martin Luther King Jr Memorial.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Great site, but there are tons of locations like the aquarium and more alll over Atlanta.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Many people miss this hidden gem! It’s my favorite monument to explore on a nice day. You can walk to it from the Jefferson Memorial.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“This free memorial to the victims of the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon is a very special place. The memorial itself is thoughtfully planned with special meaning built in to its design. This is my favorite place in D.C. for reflection and peace and quiet when needed. Recommend visiting at dusk. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a 2-acre (8,093.71 m²) U.S. national memorial in Washington, D.C. It honors service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in service in Vietnam/South East Asia, and those service members who were unaccounted for during the war.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Park
“This park is great the view ​is spectacular​ ​you can see the Potomac River, the Reagan National Airport, you can see the planes taking off and landing. Its also has a clear beautiful view of Crystal City/Pentagon City. This a ”great park to go running or walking, or to play soccer. There are several soccer fields and a ​playground.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“Park and library (free wifi) with tennis courts, basketball courts, beach volleyball courts, a baseball field, picnic tables, and more. Free parking.”
  • 12 locals recommend