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Best Running Routes in Washington DC

Blow off some steam during your trip with these top running routes near short-term rental apartments in Washington, D.C.


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Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, has no shortcomings of things to do and see. From history to art, government to protest, the District of Columbia will engage visitors from every walk of life. However, all travel, be it for business or pleasure, requires an amount of time to destress and unwind. Home to many trees and mostly flat terrain, here are some of the best running routes near short-term rental apartments in Washington, D.C.

The National Mall - No matter your level of experience, all runners should log some miles around the grand monuments and memorials of the National Mall. Mostly car-free, the mall paths and monuments are illuminated at night, providing safety as well as exceptional views.

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal - Stretching 184.5 miles, the canal began as George Washington recommended the construction of waterways connecting the Eastern seaboard with the Great Lakes and the Ohio River. With a soft dirt surface and plenty of shade, this is a premier trail for waterfront running within District Borders

Rock Creek Park - Want to get away from the city for a bit? Visit Rock Creek Park’s natural oasis in the city bustle. Founded in 1890 by Congress as a recreational resource for the capital, Rock Creek boasts 1,800 acres in Northwest Washington, D.C., which include asphalt trails closed off to automobile access.

Hains Point - Located at southwestern corner of the District, Hains Point is a roughly three-mile loop on the man-made island of East Potomac Park. The loop is situated next to green space fixed with tennis courts, shoreline fishing and a golf course. Made specifically for running, Hains Point is a flat path for every level. Be mindful of the sun, however, as the loop offers no shade on its course.

Mount Vernon Trail - An 18-mile path that stretches between Theodore Roosevelt Island and George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Mount Vernon Trail offers a host of visual intrigues for all runners passing by, including a skyline view of the District, wooded areas, wetlands, yacht clubs, and historic neighborhoods such as Old Town Alexandria.

National Arboretum - “I hate running in the beauty of nature,” said no runner ever. Offering 446 acres of protected national parkland and almost 10 miles of trail, the National Arboretum is a runner’s paradise. With views varying from season to season and more tree and plant species than you could count, the National Arboretum is the perfect place to lose yourself for just a moment. For an extra challenge, don’t miss a run up the 239-foot Mount Hamilton.

When enjoying your stay at short-term rental apartments in Washington, D.C., remember to take a deep breath and lace up those running shoes to indulge these spectacular routes and many more nestled in the nation’s capital.