Length: 3.5 km (2.2 miles), terrain flat
Washington Running Routes:
National Mall and monuments
For more running routes, see the Route List.
Here is a little 3.5 km run you can do in Washington DC by itself or as an extension of the Mall/National Monuments route. It's described quickly: It begins at the east end of the Reflecting Pool in the Mall, and goes once around the Tidal Basin to the south. You can run either direction around the small lake. This loop is especially beautiful in late March and early April when the Japanese cherry trees lining its shore are in bloom.
|The Jefferson Memorial along the Tidal Basin|
Continue along the water and you will come to a boathouse for renting paddle-boats, then head back to your starting point, and the Washington Monument, right next to it.
|Nighttime visitors to the Washington Monument|