Washington DC might have several National and historic monuments filling its perimeter. However, do not jump into conclusion that it lacks other kinds of attractions. There are several interesting outdoor activities you can access, located less than an hour of journey from the city’s center. This is good news for those who are adventurous. Below is a discussion on some of the top adventurous destinations nearby Washington DC which you can visit after your DC Bus Tours.
C&O Canal Towpath
Did you imagine that a State-to-state bicycle trip was possible in DC? Well, you can do just that by pedaling along the C&O Canal Towpath. The route covers 184 miles between DC and Cumberland in Maryland along the beautiful C&O Canal Trail. You can choose to finish the cycling tour in a day. Note that it might be a little difficult as there are unpaved portions along the trail. You can also choose to camp along the way. After the initial 20 miles, there is a rugged patch and you will need a hybrid or mountain bicycle.
Kiteboarding is not something exclusively meant for the tropics. Dewey Beach provides a spot for kiteboarding and it is worth the three-hour drive to Delaware. East of Maui Surf Shop has classes for all levels of surfers. If you are ready for kiteboarding action, you can score a 50 minutes session towards the east of DC at Beverly Triton Beach Park. You will most probably catch wind and waves at the Chesapeake Bay.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort
There are a few incredible ski resorts only a couple of hours from the District spread across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are searching for a day of thrilling experience, it is a good idea to pack up your ski apparatus and make 4.5 hours-drive to Snowshoe in West Virginia. This mountain resort has 257 acres of land with 60 trails. There are also 1,500 ft. drop and five landscape parks inside it.
Regardless of whether you are searching for a difficult climb or a simple walk trip through the forested areas, there are a few waterfalls to check out in the District. If you want to check out on one of them, it is advisable to take the Old Misery Trail that crosses Maryland’s tallest waterfalls, Cunningham Falls. This is 78 feet of beautiful waterfall located only a couple of hours away from DC.
Consider visiting the above spots if you are looking for adventure in your tour to Washington DC.