Let’s start with the Watergate Steps. While not as lengthy as some of the other selections on the list, the steep stairway is a great opportunity to build athleticism.
Next is Hains Point, an offshoot of East Potomac Park and home to a gorgeous body of water. Imagine a meditative run across a mesmerizing river basin. If you want add in some recreational sports, the park includes tennis, golfing, fishing, and more.
Looking for other running routes along a captivating body of water? The Georgetown Waterfront also presents some plush nautical views, creating a the perfect backdrop for your run.
Looking for something sporting a more modern, industrial aesthetic? The elegant streets of Embassy Row offer some of the best municipal views while still preserving the area’s vintage style. Quite a few of the city’s most popular historical sites stand along these trails. There’s also a wicked incline along many of the area’s walkways — Novice walkers beware!
Mount Vernon Trail is another flanked by the Potomac River. This scenery makes for a solid running route regardless of the time of day. It’s nearly 20 miles long, adopting various landscapes as the trail progresses.