18 great spots for admiring fall foliage in D.C.


Fall is coming. That means fall foliage is on the way, and the District’s tree canopy is about to turn orange, yellow, red, and brown. For autumn appreciators, here are 18 places in the city where you can enjoy such arboreal transformations this season.

1. Politics & Prose Bookstore

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 364-1919

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Step 1: Buy a book at Politics & Prose. Step 2: Find a bench on Nebraska or Connecticut avenues NW where you can read it under changing leaves.

2. American University

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 885-1000

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A canopy of gold and red converges in the areas surrounding the university, including Tenleytown, American University Park, and Spring Valley. Lucky students!

3. Rock Creek Park

Beach Dr. NW
Washington, DC 20015

Walking through Rock Creek Park in the fall can feel magical. Try a picnic here on Columbus Day or Veterans Day.

Trees in full fall foliage along a brook.Shutterstock

4. Sherman Circle Park

Illinois Av NW
Washington, DC 20011

This Petworth spot is beautiful not only within the circle itself but also on the streets going out from it in every direction.

5. Duke Ellington Bridge

Calvert St, NW
Washington, DC

From either side of this bridge connecting Woodley Park and Adams Morgan, you can look down at Rock Creek Park and get an awesome aerial view of all its colorful trees.

6. Montrose Park

3099 R St NW
Washington, DC

Montrose Park is a lovely spot in Georgetown to take in the fall sights. In fact, most of Georgetown north of O Street NW is a good bet for leafy goodness.

7. Meridian Hill Park

2500 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 895-6000

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Meridian Hill Park in Columbia Heights is a no-brainer for seeing fall foliage. You might even be able to jump into a pile of leaves.

A statue of a woman riding on a horse and holding a sword in the middle of a park with trees in yellow and green.Shutterstock

8. Langdon Park

2901 20th St NE
Washington, DC 20018

Northeast’s Langdon Park is filled with tall, leafy trees. Bonus points: It’s also home to D.C.’s Chuck Brown Memorial.

9. U.S. National Arboretum

3501 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 245-2726

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Here’s another no-brainer on this list. The most tree-filled location in Northeast becomes a paradise of red and orange during the fall. Pack some cider for when you visit.

Greek-like columns in the middle of an open-air park filled with orange trees.Shutterstock

10. Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

W Potomac Park
Washington, D.C. 20245

Generally, the entire National Mall is a reliable area for viewing fall foliage. Find a sitting spot on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and admire the Reflecting Pool as well as the Washington Monument amid colorful trees.

Three ducks in a reflecting pool surrounded by trees in the fall. A tall obelisk is in the background.Shutterstock

11. Tidal Basin

W Basin Dr SW
Washington, D.C.

In addition to being the heart of D.C.’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival each spring, the Tidal Basin is also a wonderful place for checking out some fall foliage. Expect all manner of oranges, yellows, and reds on the trees.

Trees along a basin showing fall foliage. A bunch and a trash can are surrounded by fallen leaves.Shutterstock

12. Georgetown University Law Center

600 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

For those who work near Judiciary Square, the area around Georgetown’s law school (particularly on 1st Street NW between G and H streets NW) is a tableau for autumnal change.

13. U.S. Capitol

US Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 226-8000

If you’re in the vicinity, take a moment to sit below one of the many trees surrounding the iconic U.S. Capitol this fall.

Yellow leaves hang over plateau near a U.S. government building, which has a rotunda.Shutterstock

14. Eastern Market

225 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 698-5253

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While you’re shopping at the Eastern Market building, saunter around the neighborhood and take in peak fall.

Two men wait to vote beneath multicolor trees during the fall.Getty Images

15. Congressional Cemetery

1801 E St SE
Washington, DC

In Southeast, there are gorgeous red maple trees within the Congressional Cemetery.

Men in red band uniforms holding instruments walk through a cemetery during the fall.The Washington Post/Getty Images

16. Anacostia Park

1900 Anacostia Dr
Washington, DC 20020
(202) 575-0306

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Along the Anacostia River, the expansive Anacostia Park turns into a sea of orange and yellow during the fall.

17. Fort Dupont Park

Minnesota Ave SE
Washington, DC 20019
(202) 426-7723

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You could easily spend a day observing fall foliage at the 376-acre Fort Dupont Park. Better yet, you can hike while doing it.

18. Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

1550 Anacostia Ave NE
Washington, DC 20019
(202) 692-6080

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In Northeast, near D.C.’s border with Maryland, Kenilworth Gardens offers lily ponds below and changing leaves above. It’s easy to get lost in it all.