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meridian hill park - washington dc

While its known widely by two different names, Meridian Hill Park is a true gem of the DC area. Right in the middle of DC, the park sits high up on a hill, with 12 full acres of shaded walkways, landscaped lawns and a majestic fountain.

The urban park is actually part of the Columbia Heights neighborhood, but neighbors of nearby Adams Morgan also delight in close proximity to the park. Designed and constructed in the early 1900s, the National Park Service maintains the location, found just to the north of the White House.

Once known as Peter’s Hill, the area gained the name Meridian Hill in the early 1800s, and then served a prominent role in the Civil War when Union troops camped on its grounds. Years later, a wealthy landowner pushed for a

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fashion centre at pentagon city - arlington va

If you’re planning on doing some shopping in National Landing or just searching for a bite to eat, you’ll find plenty of options. From the shops of Fashion Centre to Potomac Yard Center, the choices are endless in this urban community.

With well more than 150 shops, stores and restaurants to choose from, Fashion Centre at Pentagon City provides a wide variety of selections. Shops in this location include upscale selections such as Nordstrom, Coach and Michael Kors, plus Kate Spade, Microsoft, Apple and many other traditional clothing and specialty shops.

In addition, the site also includes several different options in dining, from trendy eateries and cafes to more casual burger and pizza shops. This three-level shopping area is accessible via

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east potomac golf course - washington dc

Photo: Tim Evanson

Three DC golf courses could be in for a boost, as the National Park Service just made a move to lease and improve the courses and a tennis center. This includes improvements to the Rock Creek Golf Course, the Langston Golf Course and the East Potomac Golf Course. It also adds in the East Potomac Tennis Center, but only those interested in operating and leasing all four locations under one lease will be considered.

The announcement launching a competitive solicitation brings an end to previous hope for an agreement between the Park Service and the Federal City Council, a private nonprofit. All three courses were constructed in the 1920s and 1930s, while the Langston course sits on the National Register of Historic Places.

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theodore roosevelt island - washington dcPhoto: Richard Ricciardi

With plenty to do, see and experience, Theodore Roosevelt Island presents a delightful site to visit and explore. Now maintained by the National Park Service, the island that once held farmland now serves as a tribute to a former president.

It’s said Roosevelt was a true conservationist and outdoorsman, and that’s evident across the island. You’ll find trails leading through wooded areas and swampy areas on the island. Visitors can even try and spot native birds, just as the former president likely enjoyed in his spare time.

As president, Roosevelt helped enact the protection of millions of acres of land across the United States, creating national parks, forests, bird reservations and game reserves. He also helped

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long bridge park - national landing

With millions of square feet of commercial space and upwards of 100-acres of land ripe for development, National Landing provides plenty of appeal overlooking the DC area. Set right alongside the Potomac River, National Landing, however, is also known for its green space and outdoor recreational possibilities at area parks.

Crystal City Water Park

Options include the Crystal City Water Park in Arlington. The park offers up a great place to sit and relax with friends and family. While not necessarily a water park in theory, there is a fountain at the park and it provides a relaxing location to listen to the rushing water or sit under the shade of one of the tables and area benches. You’ll find live music on certain summer nights for added

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glover archbold park dcFlickr: Lauren Rauk

At more than 180-acres in size, Glover Archbold Park presents a desirable alternative for many locals and visitors hoping to escape the more urban surroundings. Found not far from Georgetown University or from several area neighborhoods, the park was originally named after two former landowners, now overseen by the National Park Service.

An extension of Rock Creek Park, the site presents a more natural location for enjoying the outdoors, from the hiking trails to the streams and the wooded terrain. Bicycles, motorized vehicles and off-leash dogs aren’t allowed in the park, but it is an extremely popular location for jogging, hiking and even dog walking.

One of the most frequented locations in the region is the Glover Archbold

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c & o canal georgetown

Winding more than 180 miles from Georgetown to Cumberland, the C & O Canal contains plenty of space to explore and discover. Officially named the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, it runs through some of DC’s most affluent communities. It also however, offers a peaceful escape from some of the area’s more crowded destinations.

The canal actually dates back to the days of George Washington, when the dream first came about to build a canal connecting up with Chesapeake Bay and the Ohio River. Although it never made it that far, some of the originally proposed canal was eventually built, along with a towpath running alongside for mules to help pull boats upstream. Mostly used for transporting coal, plus things like lumber, flour and limestone, occasionally

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washington dc bike

Not only a great place to live, work and visit, DC’s also a great place when it comes to simply getting around the city. With that in mind, DC was just named a top biking city by Bicycling Magazine.

The publication took into account all types of bicycling-related data to come up with its list of “The Best Bike Cities in America”, putting DC at number 11. Specifically, analysts looked at safety, friendliness and accessibility to bicyclists, as well as the political climate when it comes to biking and overall culture, including biking routes and shops.

While researchers found some cities have little beyond painted bike lanes, others don’t’ even have that, leading them to believe that much of the nation can definitely improve when it comes to

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capital bikeshare - arlington va

Photo: Cliff

A new section of a popular bike trail is coming to Washington Boulevard, with plans to open it up to cyclists and pedestrians later this fall. The new trail runs between Towers Park and 2nd Street, projected to give cyclists and pedestrians better access to a trail that already runs alongside Washington Boulevard.

Phase one of the existing trail takes cyclists from Arlington Boulevard to Walter Reed Drive, soon to link up with phase two, which is the section currently under construction. That could happen sometime within the next few months.

Over the past few weeks construction workers have been hard at work adding in a retaining wall and storm drains to the area, with the addition of new asphalt and stonework next on the agenda.

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pentagon row - arlington va
Photo: Joseph Gruber

With year-round entertainment possibilities, Pentagon Row is quite simply a pocket of perfection. This unique area is one of the most exciting places in the DC area to live, work and play, with a variety of businesses to tempt your taste buds and entice shoppers.

Along with a number of restaurants, ranging from burger spots to smoothies, more exotic cuisine to those exhibiting a more casual flair, the property additionally hosts an outdoor concert series, adding to its entertainment selections. In addition, Pentagon Row is home to everything from jewelry stores to salons, grocery stores to clothing options.

In recent years the property underwent a major renovation project, expanding the winter ice rink and a lawn area, plus

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