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3 Relaxing Places Around the DC Area

Can’t make it out of town? Find tranquility at these nearby spots.

1. Glenstone

12100 Glen Rd., Potomac

Photograph courtesy of Glenstone.

Exhibitions at the private art museum are spacious and minimalist, with a seating area to take in the aquatic courtyard. Pathways wind through meadows and forests dotted with art.


2. Franciscan Monastery

1400 Quincy St., NE

Photograph courtesy of Franciscan Monastery.

The garden at the Northeast DC monastery blooms with pink and red camellias during winter. Stop by the fishpond for a moment of reflection.


3. Riverbend Park

8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls

Photograph courtesy Fairfax County Park Authority.

Start at the peaceful park and walk down a trail to the overlook at Great Falls Park for inspiring waterfall views.

This article appears in the January 2023 issue of Washingtonian.

Daniella Byck
Lifestyle Editor

Daniella Byck joined Washingtonian in 2022. She was previously with Outside Magazine and lives in Northeast DC.