Top Running Trails in DC

Living at 2M Street puts you minutes away from the top DC running trails

The Spring weather is beginning to provide consecutive sunny days, and the timing couldn’t be better! After a couple of months of being cooped inside of your apartment home, we know that our residents are just craving to enjoy a sweet, refreshing breath of outside air as often as they can. This might mean finding a weekend to explore some of the scenic, foresty parts of DC. What better way to accomplish this than a mind-clearing walk or run on one of DC’s various running trails? If you’re a person who already loves a good outdoor run or a person who’s looking to start incorporating outdoor running/walking for the first time, DC’s trails are perfect for a person of any experience level. So get your best tank top, shorts, and running shoe combination and get ready to break a sweat because we’re going to overview some of our favorite running trails in DC. 

Rock Creek Park:

Rock Creek Park is one of the most popular locations to enjoy a nice weekend jog. And this is for a good reason! Their paved, mostly flat roads make Rock Creek Park a pleasant and comfortable experience for all runners, walkers, and bikers. If you’re looking for a location to escape the hustle and bustle of normal DC life, Rock Creek Park is the ideal place to take a step back to enjoy some of the sweet, calming nature sounds. 

Anacostia Riverwalk:

The 20-mile long Anacostia Riverwalk trail located in Capitol Riverfront DC is an excellent location for individuals who enjoy mesmerizing views of the Anacostia River during their run. As a runner, this allows you to get the best of both worlds. You can capture all of your fitness goals, as well as achieve your peace of mind by cooling down while you take in 360-degree views of the unblocked views of the District.  

National Mall:

It’s every runners’ dream to punch in a mile or two in at the famous National Mall. If you’ve ever been to the Mall as a tourist, you know that you can easily spend hours exploring and taking pictures. But as a runner of The National Mall, your fitness goals are right at the palm of your hands. Jog down the long, paved walks of the Mall then sprint up Lincoln Memorial steps only to be rewarded by breath-taking views of the National Monument. 

For the best National Mall running experience, start your run early in the morning. This morning run will allow you to enjoy some peaceful isolation time. 

 

Mt. Vernon Trail:

The Mount Vernon Trail is a prime location for runners! This isolated 18-mile trail winds alongside the Potomac River, and offers some of the best-uninterrupted views of Washington, DC’s skyline. While exploring The Mount Vernon Trail, runners will have the opportunity to experience different wooded areas, parks, and historic neighborhoods, such as nearby Old Town Alexandria.

Embassy Row:

Embassy Row caters to the runners’ that don’t mind taking on a new running challenge. The terrain of this running trail is elevated. This uphill factor puts your running experience to the test and adds another layer to your workout. 

Once overcoming that obstacle, the reward for runners’ is very much worth it. The Embassy row trail features some of the most gorgeous, grandest, most historic homes you will ever see. Runners’ will also pass by countless embassies, over Rock Creek Park, and by the US Naval Observatory. 

There are so many running trails you have access to as a DC resident. Take advantage of this Summer season by testing the limits of running skills! 

This Weekend in DC

Don’t let the current snowy conditions keep you cooped up, there’s all sorts of fun stuff happening this weekend in DC.  The weather should be sunny and in the high 40’s, so get out there and enjoy!

National Harbor Restaurant Week

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We all know and love the Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week that rolls around twice a year.  Step just outside of the city to the National Harbor to experience their version and enjoy discounted prix-fix meals with a dozen restaurants to choose from.  Lunches are being offered for between $8-20 and dinners range from $16-35 depending on the type of service the restaurant provides.  National Harbor Restaurant Week is running through March 8th.

Travel and Adventure Show

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If you’re only taste of paradise lately is that palm-tree laden screen saver on your computer, this event is for you.  Head down to the Convention Center this Saturday or Sunday to gather some info on hundreds of the best travel destinations throughout the world.  Exclusive travel packages, giveaways, performances and more await attendees.  The Travel and Adventure Show takes place March 7th-8th and admission is $11 online, $16 at the door and children under 16 are free.

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

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Feed your inner nerd this Sunday by participating in the 3rd annual Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon.  In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, the theme this year is focused on improving the current entries related to notable female artists and world figures as well as encouraging women to participate in the editing process.  All are welcome and encouraged to participate, but you must register in advance and bring your own laptop with a power cord and a valid photo ID.  The Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon is this Sunday at the Great Hall of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and admission is free.
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Second Inaugural Address Commemoration Ceremony

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This one might be a mouthful but it’s well worth checking out!  Gather at the Lincoln Memorial with your fellow Washingtonians this Saturday to commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s second inauguration in a ceremony that will include Civil War music, a recreation of his original address and an explanation of the meaning behind it.  Admission is free; learn more about the event here.

Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt

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On Friday, head over to the William G. McGowan Theater for “The Complete History of Presidential Drinking”, part of the launch of the new exhibit titled “Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History”.  Listen in as author Mark Will-Weber discusses memorable boozy moments in US history and gives us a glimpse inside the beer fridge’s and liquor cabinets of the White House.  Info on this and other upcoming events here.