Washington, D.C. is one of our favorite running cities. A run on The Mall and the Lincoln Memorial, and then out to the FDR and MLK Memorials, is one of the most inspiring runs in the world. Washington is beautifully laid out for runners, with miles of paths around its most visited destinations, and then radiating outward to Virginia and Maryland. Washington is very much a walking city, and the main streets and sidewalks radiating from the Capitol are wonderfully wide. In addition to some wonderful routes in the heart of the city, our guide to running in Washington, DC includes beautiful paths along Rock Creek Park and following the old B&O railroad.
Washington is a fairly flat city. You won’t find a lot of hills on the iconic routes. Embassy Row is a good area to do some hills. Summers are famously hot and humid and winters are generally snow-free. Catching the Ellipse during Cherry Blossom season the first two weeks in April, should be on any runner’s bucket list.
Goof public transportation improves the running scene in D.C. The metro runs all over the city except into Georgetown. It also goes into Maryland and Virginia. This makes it easier to start a run in one place and end up in another. Washington also has a growing bike share program and an expanding network of bike lanes on its unusually wide streets.