3 Top Spots for Outdoor Fall Fun around Bethesda

While it may not be as warm and sunny as summer, fall brings with it a dazzling display of colorful leaves and cool weather that makes it great to be outside. If you’re looking for some fun outdoor activities you can enjoy before winter hits, here are three of our local favorites:

Billy Goat Trail

This 4.7-mile hike has been a popular one in D.C. for decades, thanks to its gorgeous views of the Potomac River and colorful trees surrounding the water. Visitors can access the Billy Goat Trail by taking the Clara Barton Parkway that runs along the Potomac River.

Rock Creek Regional Park

Founded in 1890, Rock Creek is one of the oldest parks in America. It features multiple trails, tennis courts, a planetarium, and a nature center with exhibits on the park’s plants and animals. You can also take guided or cell phone tours of the park if you want to learn more about its rich history. The park’s headquarters are located in Georgetown at 3051 M Street NW.

National Arboretum

The National Arboretum is a living museum of plants, flowers and trees that is free to the public and open every day of the year except Christmas. At various sections of the park you can see collections of dogwoods, ferns, azaleas and magnolias. There is also a dedicated bonsai section that celebrates the famous miniature trees.

Finding a Hotel Near Bethesda this fall

If you’ll be visiting the district for business or pleasure, it’s important that you have an accommodating place to stay. With comfortable chairs, elegant desks, complimentary breakfast and easy access to D.C., the American Inn of Bethesda is an ideal place to stay on your next fall trip to the District.