Picturesque outdoor scenery, hiking and biking trails, and exciting sports action establish the nation’s capital as an autumnal utopia. FALL FOR FOLIAGE ROCK CREEK PARK: Roughly 1,700 acres of nature mean plenty of seasonally colored trees for you to admire. You can also stargaze at the park’s free planetarium. CHESAPEAKE & OHIO CANAL: Gorgeous views await along this 184.5-mile trail, which takes walkers and bikers through scenic Georgetown into Cumberland, Md. GREAT FALLS PARK: A 20-minute drive into Virginia or Maryland brings you to this majestic preserve that sits on the banks of the Potomac River. Expect to see spectacular foliage lining its numerous trails and flanking the rapids where kayakers paddle. ABSORB OPEN-AIR ART BLIND WHINO SW ARTS CLUB: This churchturned- art-hub in Southwest DC is a community canvas that frequently hosts artist workshops, live performances and cultural events. Marvin Gaye Mural Photo by Ted Eytan MARVIN GAYE MURAL: The soul music icon, a DC native, is memorialized with a colorful mural at the corner of 7th and S streets NW in the Shaw neighborhood. Pay a visit to street art-filled Blagden Alley, too. DEANWOOD MURAL: This elaborate and abstract mural in Northeast DC transports you through a century of African American history. Washington, DC by the river BE WOWED BY WATERFRONT VIEWS WASHINGTON HARBOUR: Take in gorgeous views of the Potomac River from Georgetown while dining on Maryland crab cakes at Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place. Photo by Ice Cream Jubilee CAPITOL RIVERFRONT: Walk the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to Yards Park and admire its Instagram-worthy bridge. Indulge in the special concoctions at Ice Cream Jubilee. EAST POTOMAC PARK: Admire the DC skyline and tree-lined riverfront at Hains Point, which sits at the intersection of the Anacostia and Potomac rivers. Afterwards, play 18 holes or hit the driving range at East Potomac Golf Course.
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