If you have ever been to Washington DC you know that there are TONS of historical and monumental places to visit. There are museums, statues, national treasures galore! But for all of those super popular travel destinations there are twice as many awesome off the beaten path travel spots in Washington DC. DC is full of awesome local activities and locations; you can easily pack your travel calendar full of activities that have nothing to do with the main tourist attractions! These ideas are great for any trip but are also really awesome spots to hit if you get to travel to DC more frequently than the “once in a lifetime, camera toting, typical DC tourist”. If you like to check out great local finds, quirky hidden gems, or if you just need a change of pace from the typical tourist loop then these places are definitely for you!
Arlington Farmer’s Market
You can check out the Arlington Farmer’s Market if you are ever in DC on a Saturday! They set up near the Arlington Courthouse (and equally cool place to check out) and have all kinds of local produce and treats. There are tons of samples to be had, local soaps, flowers, ice cream, cider, fruits and veggies! You can find awesome eats and help support the local agriculture at the same time. It is a great activity for a Saturday morning and would be great for anyone who considers themselves a foodie of any level!
The C&O Canal is an awesome peaceful location that runs parallel with M Street in Washington DC. It’s a great location for a bike ride, walk, or jog. If you need a beautiful and non-crowded place to take a jog or just for a nice picnic and a walk you should check out the C&O Canal. This is a truly amazing location which runs for quite a long distance (184 miles between DC and Bethesda MD). The Canal does run parallel with M Street but is a much less busy alternative for walking, biking, or exploring. On one side of the trail you have the canal and the Potomac River on the other side makes a lovely backdrop. The lock houses remain even though the canal is no longer in operation. Grab some burgers and head out for a picnic and a little exploring, you won’t be disappointed.