People biking past the Washington Monument on a tour with Bike & Roll in Washington, DC, USA
The National Mall, Washington, DC
Two serene-looking people sit side-by-side on large rocks overlooking the hills and forests of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, USA at sunset. The glow of the sun reflects on their faces.
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Assateague Island National Seashore

Outdoors & Nature

America’s Capital Region is brimming with ways to get outdoors and explore nature, whether you’re interested in beach holidays, US national parks, hiking adventures or just relaxing in a beautiful setting.

Find tucked away oases in Washington, DC at US national parks sites, lush city gardens and the arboretum. Hike the famed Appalachian Trail as it winds its way through Shenandoah National Park and the misty Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, or numerous US state parks and historical sites in Maryland. Plan beach holidays where you can see wild horses; stroll the famous boardwalks of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Ocean City, Maryland; fish, swim, sail or crab on the Chesapeake Bay; or visit quaint coastal villages (some of which are only reachable by boat).

Speaking of boats, the region is home to numerous water trails, particularly in Maryland and Virginia, where you can shoot down whitewater rapids or paddle through peaceful waterways that snake through marshes filled with unique wildlife. There are also numerous opportunities to kayak in Washington, DC, where you can also rent pedal boats to scoot around its Tidal Basin — especially lovely in spring when the blush pinks of cherry blossoms brighten the landscape.

No matter your pleasure — from hiking and cycling to camping and wildlife viewing to swimming and unwinding on ocean beaches, lakes or riverbanks — outdoor adventure awaits in the Capital Region USA.

Connect with a tour operator to help plan your American holiday.

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