The Washington DC metro area boasts 230,000 acres of parkland, providing a truly vast array of opportunities for picnicking or just getting away from urban activities. This section lists some of the most popular destinations.
Recommended Picnic Spots
National Mall - The National Mall's two-mile span, from the steps of the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, is Washington DC's resounding response to the "grand avenues" of the European cities: a central public space perfect for picnics -- glorious, expansive, and landscaped -- punctuated by cultural and government buildings of impressive design and presence.
Constitution Gardens - Constitution Gardens, a 45-acre park located between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, honors the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence and provides a scenic picnic spot with wildlife and landscaped gardens for visitors to the National Mall. The gardens feature approximately 5,000 oak, maple, dogwood, elm and crabapple trees with paths throughout, and is open 24 hours a day.
Tidal Basin - With majestic views of the Potomac River, the Jefferson Memorial and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and home to 1,678 cherry trees whose spring blossoms blanket the basin in early spring, the Tidal Basin is a prime DC Picnic area.
Rock Creek National Park - The so-called "urban" Rock Creek Park in DC encompasses more than 2,000 acres – more than twice the size of Central Park in New York City, extending 12 miles from the Potomac River to the border of Maryland – and is an excellent place to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Washington DC.