Best time to visit Washington, D.C.

Cycling in DC, Washington, D.C. 2024-2025

With hundreds of kilometres of beautiful paved trails, the District Columbia is a paradise for bikers

Best time: March–December

Cycling in DC

There are plenty of bike rentals in DC so why not spend your weekend like a local? One of the most popular is the 20-km Capital Crescent Trail that runs from Georgetown to Silver Spring. Another popular option is Rock Creek Park, where you can also stop by the National Zoo. If you want to explore further, you can ride part of the Chesapeake & Ohio Towpath—a National Park that goes along the Potomac River between Georgetown and Cumberland, Maryland.

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When is the ideal season for bicycling in Washington, D.C.?

Bicycling enthusiasts can savor the pleasant weather from March to December, excluding hot summer months. Summer humidity is unbearable. Spring and fall offer comfortable weather conditions and colorful foliage that makes cycling more memorable. Show more

What are some options for bicycle rental in D.C.?

Numerous bike rental shops in D.C., such as Bike and Roll DC that also moderate guided tours. Enjoy the Capitol Bikeshare and its bike-sharing system that serves the entire DC region. Big Wheel Bikes also offers electric bikes, among other fun equipment, for rent. Show more

Which are some recommended cycling spots apart from Rock Creek Park and Capital Crescent Trail in Washington, D.C.?

Wander along the tranquil Anacostia River Trail with a stretch of 16 miles of naturesque biking paths that extend into Maryland. Check out the Marvin Gaye Park trail located east of the Anacostia River. It spans over a mile and provides distinctive panoramas of the city's neighborhoods. Cyclists might also want to experience the 40-mile Mount Vernon Trail extended from Theodore Roosevelt Island to Mount Vernon, Virginia. Show more

When is the most favorable time to visit the Zoo while biking in Rock Creek Park?

The National Zoo is least crowded on weekdays during the morning or early afternoons, and it is best to avoid weekends and holidays. Spring offers a pleasant experience as there are fewer crowds. However, it's important to check the Zoo's website for any weather changes, construction, or other unforeseen circumstances that might lead to its closure. Show more

What is the Chesapeake & Ohio Towpath, and what is its total length?

The Chesapeake & Ohio Towpath begins in Georgetown, D.C. and extends to Cumberland, Maryland, covering a stretch of 184.5 miles while following the Potomac River. The trail offers scenic views of historic structures, waterfalls, and locks. Cyclists can enjoy the beautiful scenery while camping under the stars at primitive sites, fishing in the designated areas, and using water pumps for hydration. The trail is suitable for riders of all levels. Show more

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