Get Outside! Outdoor recreation near Bethesda for Summer 2016

Summer is the perfect season to enjoy nature in the greater Bethesda area! If you’re looking to have some fun in the sun, here are a few ideas to consider while the weather is nice:

Chesapeake & Ohio Canals

At this shipping channel along the Potomac that opened in the early 19th century, you can enjoy a boat ride, over 180 miles of hiking trails, and fun events like tours and educational presentations. The park is open all year during the day.

Rock Creek Park

Founded in 1890, Rock Creek is one of the oldest parks in the country. Located just a few miles from Bethesda, the park includes the Carter Barron Amphitheatre for performances of music and poetry, a planetarium where you can see a digitally-rendered projection of the night sky, and over 30 miles of trails for hikers and cyclists.

Constitution Gardens at the National Mall

This park on the western portion of the Mall near the Lincoln Memorial is part of a landform that was dredged up by the U.S. Army Core of Engineers at the end of the 19th century. Today the island park includes tranquil landscaping, walking paths, and a memorial to all 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence.

Picking the Right Hotel in Bethesda and DC

If you’re in town temporarily and want to stay in a relaxing, convenient location, the American Inn of Bethesda is an ideal choice. Besides its great location close to NiH, downtown Bethesda and Washington, D.C., American Inn also offers amenities like free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast, and an on-site fitness center, as well as nearby Capital Bikeshare options. There’s no better place to rest up after a day of activity in the D.C. region than the American Inn!