Why you might roll your eyes:
On weekends, Rock Creek Park—Washington’s version of Central Park—can get overrun with cyclists, in-line skaters, runners, and folks walking their dogs.
Why you’ll love it:
The park is also home to the Rock Creek Park Horse Center, where you can saddle up for a guided ride along sections of trail you probably didn’t know existed. From atop a graceful steed, it’s possible to spy deer darting through the woods or hawks alighting from the trees as the trail bends along the gorgeous creek and into dense forest. The one-hour rides ($40) are limited to four people at a time; no experience required.
5100 Glover Rd., NW; 202-362-0117.