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Tanya, Chicago Run by the Iwo Jima Memorial with City Running Tours  DC
City Running Tours WASHINGTON Routes Run by the Iwo Jima Memorial with City Running Tours  DC
Run by the Iwo Jima Memorial with City Running Tours  DC

DOWNTOWN AND
THE MONUMENTS

Sequence of all monuments and sites depends on exact meeting place. All distances are approximate.

Run through interesting parts of town with City Running Tours  DC

MAJESTIC WASHINGTON MONUMENT AND MEMORIALS3.8 miles
Start on Constitution Avenue at 15th Street covering both sides of National Mall – view the U.S. Capitol Building, The National Gallery of Art, U.S. Botanic Gardens! – pass the National Museum of the American Indian, National Air and Space Museum, Joseph Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Castle, Freer Gallery of Art, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery arriving at the Washington Monument. Going across the Monument Grounds view the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin – run parallel to the Reflecting Pool proceeding to the Lincoln Memorial (feeling ambitious? - try the steps - witness Lincoln come majestically into view). En route view the National World War II and Korean War Veterans Memorials. Return via the Vietnam Veterans Memorial viewing the White House and Ellipse.
Optional extensions:
Start and return to Lafayette Square – add 1.3 mi (total 5.1)
Tidal Basin – add 1.94 mi (total 7.04)
Hains Point – add 5 mi (total 10.1)


MAGNIFICENT NATIONAL MALL5.1 miles
Starting from Lafayette Square in front of the White House – pass U.S. Treasury cross the Ellipse towards Washington Monument. At the Mall proceed towards the U.S. Capitol Building, passing the National Museums of American and Natural History, National Gallery of Art, below the U.S. Capitol Building – the U.S. Botanic Gardens. Return on other side of the Mall – passing the National Museum of the American Indian, National Air and Space Museum, Joseph Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Castle, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery arriving at the Washington Monument. Going across the Monument Grounds view the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and proceeding to the Lincoln Memorial (feeling ambitious? - try the steps - witness Lincoln come majestically into view)... visit can be made to the National World War II Memorial before heading back towards Lafayette Square – passing the Organization of American States, American Red Cross Visitor's Center, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Renwick Gallery and Blair House.
Optional extensions:
Tidal Basin – add 1.94 mi (total 6.74)
Hains Point – add 5 mi (total 9.8)

TWICE OVER THE POTOMAC RIVER6.3 miles
Head west along Constitution Ave. towards the Lincoln Memorial (feeling ambitious? - try the steps - witness Lincoln come majestically into view) – cross Arlington Memorial Bridge towards Virginia – view Arlington Cemetery, the Lee Mansion and the Eternal Flame. Depending on timing – can see fabulous sunrise down the Potomac River heading East – Return to the District of Columbia via the 14th Street Bridge (a bit noisy – but well worth the views – to the left up-river Georgetown University and the Washington National Cathedral in full view. Pass the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin heading back towards Washington Monument and the National Mall. At Mall head East again towards the U.S. Capitol Building – passing the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Castle, Joseph Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Air and Space Museum, and National Museum of the American Indian. Run in front of the U.S. Capitol Building passing the U.S. Botanic Gardens – down the other side of the Mall – the National Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Art's East Building, and National Museums of American and Natural History before returning to the start.
Optional extensions:
Start and return to Lafayette Square – add 1.3 mi (total 7.6)
Hains Point - add 3.2 (total 9.5)


GEORGETOWN AND DC VIEWED FROM VIRGINIA SIDE OF POTOMAC RIVER6.8 miles
From 15th St. proceed west along Constitution Ave. towards the Lincoln Memorial (feeling ambitious? - try the steps - witness Lincoln come majestically into view) – along the waterfront – under the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – The Watergate – Thompson's Boat House – Georgetown and Washington Harbor – Under the K Street Freeway and up hill to Key Bridge. After crossing the Key Bridge into Virginia – proceed down to the Potomac River leaving Roosevelt Island off to the left – depending on time – fabulous sunrise over the river – as you approach Arlington Memorial Bridge with Lincoln Memorial in full-view. Proceed along the river to the east – viewing Washington skyline off to left. At 14th Street Bridge return to Washington, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, and Washington Monument across the Mall to starting point.
Optional extensions:
Include Theodore Roosevelt Island on the Virginia side of Potomac River – add 1.6 mi (total 8.4)
C&O Canal – you choose adding out and back for desired distance all the way to Cumberland, MD
Capital Crescent Trail – you choose out and back for desired distance up to 20 miles

BITS OF THE MARINE CORPS MARATHON8.2 miles
From 15th and Constitution one short block to the Mall proceeding towards the U.S. Capitol Building, passing the Smithsonian, National Gallery of Art, below the U.S. Capitol Building – the U.S. Botanic Gardens, returning on other side of the Mall – pass the National Museum of the American Indian, National Air and Space Museum, Joseph Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Castle, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery arriving at the Washington Monument. Going to the left head towards Tidal Basin and the route around Hains Point – See Ft.McNair and the Washington Channel – at point – The Hand – then back through East Potomac Park, Tidal Basin and the FDR Memorial – before skirting the Lincoln Memorial (feeling ambitious? - try the steps - witness Lincoln come majestically into view) and traveling along the Reflecting Pool – with the National World War II Memorial in the distance. Back across the Monument grounds to starting point.
Optional extensions:
Start and return to Lafayette Square – add 1.3 mi (total 9.5)
Cross 14th St. Bridge – back Arlington Memorial Bridge add 3.6 mi (total 11.8)
Cross 14th St. Bridge – back Key Bridge add 4.86 mi (total 13)


UP AND DOWN MT. ST. ALBAN VIA GEORGETOWN AND EMBASSY ROW9.39 miles
Depart 15th and Constitution heading west on Constitution Avenue – turn on Henry Bacon Drive towards the Lincoln Memorial. At the gilded bronze equestrian statues – run towards the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Pass the Watergate and at Virginia Avenue go towards the Potomac River and Thompson's Boat Center. A right will take you along Washington Harbor and the beginning of a steady climb to view the highest point in Washington – the Washington National Cathedral's Gloria in Excelsis Tower. Start with the Exorcist Steps and climb from Canal Road up to 36th and Prospect St. Meander the quaint streets of Georgetown – the gates of Georgetown University, N Street with Cox Row and on to Dumbarton Oaks. Continue your ascent – arriving at Mt. St. Alban. Enter the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral, and run beneath the awe-inspiring flying buttresses and gargoyles on route to Massachusetts Avenue. Travel "Embassy Row" - viewing St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral – the Vice President's House (perhaps see a motorcade leaving the premises). Arriving at Dupont Circle a right on Connecticut Avenue will take you to Farragut Square – Lafayette Square – in front of the White House, the U.S. Treasury Building and then passing the Ellipse back to the Washington National Mall. A less challenging approach - do the route in reverse – up Embassy Row and down to the C&O Canal via Georgetown.


WASHINGTON'S ENVIRONS
Washington is a city within a park. Hence there are runs that go through the scenic parts of Washington and its environs. Any distance desired can be accomplished on these routes. Either out and back – or point to point.

Rock Creek Parkway (Rockville, Md. via National Zoo and some downtown sights to Hains Point) – best on the weekend when a portion of the Parkway is closed to traffic)

Capital Crescent Trail (10 miles from Kensington, Md. to Georgetown) many access points

C&O Canal Towpath

Glover Archbold Trail

W&OD Regional Park (Arlington to rural areas of Loudoun County – 42 miles)

Mt. Vernon Trail – via Alexandria (Key Bridge in Georgetown to Mt. Vernon is 17 miles)


SEASONAL RUNS

SPRING – Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin
SUMMER – Capital Crescent Trail
FALL – U.S. National Arboretum
WINTER – Beach Drive in the Snow

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