Historic grounds, mountain terrain, beachside and waterfalls surround Washington, D. C. Because of the stunning scenery around the city, hiking in Washington, D. C. is more than a trek around town. Travel writer Theresa Blackinton shows you the best hikes in and around Washington in the area. All hikes within the guide take less than 2 hours to reach by car, with details on public transportation options and clear directions on how to reach the trailhead. Blackinton has compiled lists of her favorite hikes including: Best Historical Hikes Best Summit Views Best Waterfall Hikes Best Kid-Friendly Hikes Best Butt-Kicker Hikes Best for Viewing Wildlife Best for Solitude Let Blackinton show you all the worthwhile hikes, from short, flat routes suitable for families to day-long, steep treks for more advanced hikes. Each hike profile contains practical information including point-by-point trail navigation, contact information, facilities, fees, parking instructions, and an easy-to-use map for each trail. From Metropolitan D. C, to Shenandoah National Park, and onto Chesapeake Bay, your trip begins with Moon Take a Hike Washington, D. C.