Top Running Routes in Washington, DC

Looking for a good run around Washington, D.C.?

Here's FitnessBank's top recommendations for best running routes in D.C.

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.

Hains Point & Embassy Row

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

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.


The beauty of each of these trails is that each presents an opportunity to earn higher interest rates. All you have to do is open a FitnessBank Savings Account, download our step tracker app, and start seeing bigger savings. Reach out to us today to learn more.