Washington: Side Trips

Great Falls Park

creek flowing through Great Falls National Park in Virginia. The Potomac River Gina Martin / National Geographic / Getty
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There is something thrilling about the roar of water hitting rock, especially if you've spent the day gazing at tattered flags and proclamations. Great Falls Park is just 15 miles from D.C., but its 800 acres of trees, gorges and water are a good place to go for a hike or throw a frisbee without hitting any statues.

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