Top 5 Nature Escapes

When you’re done exploring our amazing cities, get back to nature. The Capital Region’s natural beauty is plentiful and diverse, ranging from exhilarating Great Falls National Park to the quiet majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Wild horses on Assateague Island off the coast of Maryland
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National Arboretum

In Washington, DC, nine miles of roads wind through gardens featuring aquatic plants, bonsai trees, historic roses and the national herb garden.

Photo: Adam Fagen

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Blue Ridge Mountains

Noted for their bluish colour when seen from a distance, Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains include Shenandoah National Park, a breathtaking park known for hiking, fishing, biking and scenic overlooks.

Photo: Brent McGuire for Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Great Falls National Park

This 800-acre national park in Virginia along the Potomac River features viewing platforms for the waterfalls, 15 miles of hiking trails and cliffs for rock climbers.

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Assateague & Chincoteague National Seashores

View wildlife including herds of wild ponies on these pristine Atlantic Coast islands.

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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

This Maryland bird sanctuary has paddling and hiking trails and a visitor centre with an eagle cam.

Photo: Jill Jasuta

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