Top Urban Adventures in DC, Virginia and Maryland

From active outdoor adventures to unique tours, urban experiences await in the Capital Region.

Sailing through National Harbor in Maryland
Kayaking along the Potomac River at National Harbor, Maryland
Bike and Roll tour of Washington, DC
Bicycle tour of DC's iconic monuments and memorials
whitewater, rafting, James River, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Whitewater Rafting in Richmond, Virginia
ice skating, skating, Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, outdoors, activities, winter, events,
Outdoor ice skating in Silver Spring, Maryland (Photo courtesy Clark Vandergrift/Visit Maryland)
farmers market, Alexandria, Virginia, farm, market, food, shopping, culinary, USA
Shopping the Old Town Farmers Market in Alexandria, Virginia (Photo credit: R. Kennedy for Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association)
Sailing tour in Annapolis, Maryland
Book a sailing tour in America's sailing capital, Annapolis, Maryland
Sailing through National Harbor in Maryland
Bike and Roll tour of Washington, DC
whitewater, rafting, James River, Richmond, Virginia, USA
ice skating, skating, Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, outdoors, activities, winter, events,
farmers market, Alexandria, Virginia, farm, market, food, shopping, culinary, USA
Sailing tour in Annapolis, Maryland
While the mountains, beaches and waterways of the Capital Region offer an abundance of recreational opportunities, you don’t have to leave the city to get your fill of outdoor thrills.

Farmer's Markets

Find these outdoor markets across the Capital Region, where fresh produce and locally made crafts are for sale.

Frolic in a Fountain

Cool off in DC with a sprint through Georgetown Waterfront Park’s spray fountain or at various splash pads around Baltimore. 

Bicycle Tours

Pedal around DC with a guided bicycle tour that covers the White House, Washington Monument, Vietnam Memorial and other popular sites.

Segway Tours

Several Segway touring companies offer guided excursions to top attractions in DC, Annapolis, Baltimore, Alexandria and Richmond. 

Trapeze School

Soar through the sky by learning the art of trapeze at TSNY’s Washington, DC studio.

Climb the Washington Monument Steps

Get a workout by climbing the 897 steps to the top of this American icon. 

Marathons & Races

Select from dozens of themed 5Ks, half-marathons and full marathons held annually in DC and cities throughout Maryland and Virginia.

Horseback Riding in Rock Creek Park

Join a gentle horseback riding tour through the forests surrounding the nation’s capital.

Whitewater Rafting Through Richmond

No need to stray out of the city for this wild ride! Richmond’s James River offers a wide variety of rafting opportunities. Hold on to your hat!

Yoga Hikes

Choose an urban or nature hike led by a yoga instructor for a cardio-based experience in DC and Rosslyn, Virginia.

Wicked History Tours in Baltimore

Take a guided tour of Baltimore’s scandalous past, which includes stops where the city’s most infamous characters once lived. 

Stand-up Paddleboarding at Virginia Beach

Kayak along the Atlantic coast and take in the excitement of Virginia Beach’s famous boardwalk

Take Flight at Relentless Watersports

Strap on a water-propelled jetpack at Relentless Watersports and sail through the friendly skies above Ocean City. 

Outdoor Ice Skating

Rent skates and hit the ice at Veterans Plaza’s ice rink in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland or Reston Town Center in Virginia.
 

Looking for more urban adventures? Check out the area's city segway tourscity bike tours and regional food tours, too!

 
  
 
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