DC is a great place to live for many reasons, but one of the main things that set DC apart from many other urban areas is the availability of active, outdoor options. Biking is one of the best exercises you can do outside while still social distancing.
But if you love to bike, your options are next-level in this area. DC not only boasts a plethora of trail options, but so many of them run alongside incredible views, historical landmarks, and picture-perfect scenery so that every bike trip you take is one to remember.
Just imagine how many IG likes you’re going to get when you post your photos of one of these great DC bike rides.
Remember to check the websites of each park before heading out as most have restrictions at the current time (March/April 2020).
Here are the best places to bike in DC:
Rock Creek Park
You know Rock Creek Park has incredible activities on offer, but did you know that it is one of the best places in the city to enjoy a weekend bike ride? Trail systems run from the Kennedy Center north to the Maryland border (and beyond on Rock Creek Trail).
During the week the on-road northern section of Beach Drive is not recommended, but it is closed on the weekends and on holidays, providing a traffic-free on-road surface you’ll love.
Want to combine your love of biking with a little refreshment? Check out Bikeable Brews for their list of 96 DC-area craft breweries you can bike to. Remember until the quarantine is over, it’s take out only.
Plan your bike trip, and sample your favorite beverages, all in the same day. And check out this local biker’s itinerary for a fun W&OD bike-beer tour for inspiration.
C&O Canal Biking Guide
You know the C&O Canal as a Georgetown landmark and a shady spot on a hot day. But did you know the towpath offers 184 miles of bike path extending all the way to Cumberland MD?
If cross-country is not your speed, the 20 miles near the city is fairly easy riding, while the more extended part of the trail offers more adventurous trail rides.
Mount Vernon Trail
Looking for quintessential DC views and incredible experience with both the natural and historical aspects of outdoor DC?
The Mount Vernon Trail starts at Theodore Roosevelt Island and takes you along the Potomac all the way to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s estate. Iconic views abound along this 18-mile route, including Old Town Alexandria, Arlington National Cemetery, and the many DC monuments.
Stop for a leisurely lunch and a stroll around the grounds at Mount Vernon before heading back.
Whether you call it the W&OD or the “Wad” Trail, you’ll love the 45 miles of paved trail extending throughout Northern Virginia.
If you are coming from downtown, you’ll use the Custis trail to get to Shirlington, then begin your journey all the way out to Purcellville if you care to ride the whole trail.
Is the almost 100-mile roundtrip a little too much for one day? There are B&Bs and hotels all along the route and plenty of charming places to rest.
Capital Crescent Trail
Extending 11 miles from Georgetown to Silver Spring MD, the Capital Crescent is a great trail for both recreational riders and bike commuters. Winding along the C&O, then through some beautiful, upscale neighborhoods, you’re sure to enjoy the view as you ride from one end of the District to the other.
The first seven miles is a hard surface trail, but the four miles between Bethesda and Silver Spring are crushed stone, which may not be suitable for all bikes. Seven bridges and two tunnels help facilitate the route for riders.
Want to Live Near The Best Places to Bike in DC?
No matter where you want to be in DC, you’re sure to find a bike trail that can get you there. The same goes for DC real estate.
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