Here are the best outdoor destinations in D.C. for a post-finals day trip


By Matthew Fusillo
For The Diamondback

After being cooped up in my dorm all semester and the climate lastly starting to heat up, I ventured out to Washington, D.C., for some recent air and a change of surroundings.

I discovered loads of scenic out of doors locations shut sufficient for college kids in School Park to take a look at throughout a well-deserved break from schoolwork. Listed below are a number of the stops you will need to go to earlier than the semester involves an finish.

U.S. Nationwide Arboretum

The Nationwide Arboretum. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

The 446-acre Nationwide Arboretum is the right place to stroll off any college stress. It comprises 14 gardens, collections and displays — not together with the administration constructing — that guests can try any day of the week, with solely two services presently closed.

The realm homes greater than 7,000 sorts of crops from all around the world, and so they have worldwide cooperation in international locations similar to Canada, Israel and Portugal.

It additionally has free admission, and reservations will not be wanted, so it’s the excellent place for college kids to go to if they’re concerned with nature. And as an extra bonus, you get to benefit from the stunning climate.

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Washington Navy Yard

Aerial view of the Washington Navy Yard. (Photograph through Wikimedia Commons)

Earlier than the pandemic, you’ll have discovered me at Nationals Park each weekend — I’m a die-hard New York Mets fan and was excited to observe my workforce kick off their season in opposition to the Nationals. After I lastly made it on the market, I received a glimpse of the Mets. I noticed them training on the sphere whereas peeking by way of the primary base gate, which put a smile on my face.

Past baseball, I made a decision to go to Navy Yard and was amazed at how beautiful the complete space is past the stadium. Docks and overlooks jut out onto the Anacostia River.

There are fabulous eateries that run alongside the water. Total, the world’s tranquil spirit offers guests a break from the crowds close to the Nationwide Mall and is far more relaxed and nature-oriented.

A burger at Walters Sports activities Bar. (Matthew Fusillo/For The Diamondback)

To not point out, I ate the most effective burgers I’ve ever had at one of many many unbelievable eating places at Navy Yard, Walters Sports activities Bar. For all you meals connoisseurs on the market, it was piled with pepper jack cheese, bacon, onions and lettuce — and it was scrumptious.

Plus, you may stroll the Anacostia Riverwalk Path alongside the waterway for some scenic train.

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Arlington Nationwide Cemetery

The Arlington Nationwide Cemetery. (Matthew Fusillo/For The Diamondback)

Past D.C., I drifted throughout the Arlington Memorial Bridge into Virginia to see some of the well-known cemeteries within the nation.

The gravesite of President John F. Kennedy stood tall within the cemetery with the Everlasting Flame burning on the forefront.

The tour concluded on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, overlooking the cemetery. Seeing the lots of of 1000’s of graves surrounding the world was extremely highly effective.


Seeing individuals having fun with themselves with the good meals and climate served as a reminder as to what life was like earlier than the pandemic — and pre-finals. With exams quickly coming to an finish and projections for an nearly regular fall semester, hopefully that feeling will completely return quickly.


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