Friday, April 15, 2011

The Island - Theodore Roosevelt Island, DC

Another good thing about DC is that you just need to drive a little less than 4 miles from downtown and you can experience mother nature. One of DC's must-see parks is this island-park-trail named after the United States' 26th President. Runners, bikers and nature-lovers would definitely love to stop by and enjoy the natural cool of the island enveloped by the big trees and natural wildlife.

Getting there is not that difficult. Parking lot is situated along G. Washington Memorial parkway. The brown signs along the highway help bigtime. From the parking lot, you will need to walk via a foot bridge towards the island. Bikes are not allowed to enter the island so you have to leave it in your car. or in the bike racks along the parking lot.

I took a half-hour tour of the island and saw how some people would enjoy simply walking along the trails with their pets. When I went there, I saw a family taking a walk with their daughter, about 3 or 4. Perhaps they wanted their child to see how beautiful it is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Because it is not a paved road, there are some areas where puddle accumulates so make sure you wear appropriate foot wear when you visit the place.

In the middle of the island there stands the statue of President Teddy Roosevelt, who is himself a nature-lover, and greatly appreciates and prioritizes earth-friendly policies during his Presidency.

Foot Bridge

Potomac River

Far View of Georgetown

Theodore Roosevelt Island is one of the nearest and cheapest ways to escape busy DC.

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