Pack your running shoes for your next trip to Washington, D.C. because running is no stranger to the nation’s capital. Recently named the “Fittest City in America,” the award is credited to the number of parks in D.C., bike lanes, farmers’ markets, and overall healthiness of the population. On your drive from the D.C. airport to our Dupont Circle hotel, you’ll be mesmerized by all the people running, walking, biking, and even rollerblading. Of course, we’re advising you to pack your shoes now because you’ll be inspired once you get here. We’ve mapped (and personally ran) these jogging routes in Washington, D.C. Let us know what you think about it…
Biathlon in Washington, D.C. – If you’re looking to different recreation activities on your vacation in Washington, D.C., we have just the workout routine for you. This workout is a 3.5 mile bike ride and a scenic jog for 4 miles. You’ll rent a bike from Capital Bikeshare, a few steps from the hotel on Massachusetts Avenue & Dupont Circle NW (rates are currently $7 for a 24-hour pass); we also have a Capital Bikeshare Hotel Package. Bike 3.5 miles to Capitol Hill, and park your bike off at the 3rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE Bikeshare station. Now, onto the running portion. Start your run from Capitol Hill and run west to the National Mall. You can expect some gravel along the National Mall and a few stops at pedestrian lights. There’s a nicely paved running path parallel to a sidewalk along the Reflecting Pool. For extra credit, you can run up the stairs to the Lincoln Memorial. Run through the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, turn right on the Constitution Avenue and head north on 21st Street NW. Follow this street all the way back to the hotel in Dupont Circle. Pay attention: You’ll run right through George Washington University’s campus in the middle of the city.
7 or 10 mile run – This running route in D.C. is perfect for hot summer days because you’ll get a breeze from the water along Hains Point. Start out at The Embassy Row Hotel, head to Dupont Circle, and turn right down 19th Street. Run down 19th Street to Constitution Avenue NW and make your way around the traffic circle near the Lincoln Memorial (please use caution). Jog down the Rock Creek Trail. Once you make it to Hains Point it’s an easy jog around the point, circle back and head back to the hotel via 23rd Street NW. We also recommend stopping at Whole Foods on the corner of I Street and 22nd Street N¬W for a refreshing drink such as coconut water.
Other great running routes in Washington, D.C. include running Rock Creek Park Trail, running from Dupont Circle to the Smithsonian National Zoo, and running around the Lincoln Memorial to the National Arlington Cemetery. If you’re interested in a vacation race, check out Runwashington.org for a list of updated races happening in and around the city. The busiest time for races in Washington, D.C. is in the spring and fall. If you’re traveling to Washington, D.C. for the Marine Corps Marathon and need a hotel, The Embassy Row Hotel is a host hotel for the marathon.
Runners, what’s your favorite running route in Washington, D.C.?