It’s that time of year when weather has finally cooled inviting pedestrians to comfortably explore the historic city with its brilliant changing leaves. If you’re in town this fall, then you’ll want to make sure you snap some great shots of the foliage. Here are some of our favorite photo spots in DC.

National Arboretum

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Washington’s National Arboretum, located in Northeast DC, is by far one of the most Instagram-worthy spots in the city. The Arboretum serves as a center for botanical research and features many different gardens open to visitors. One of the most fascinating attractions is the National Capitol Columns. The pillars were originally intended to support the dome of the Capitol, but  proved extraneous and were moved to The National Arboretum in 1984, where they continue to stand today. In the center of the meadow at The National Arboretum you will find twenty-two of the twenty-four original Capitol Columns.

Walkway Along the Tidal Basin to the Jefferson

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Take a stroll along the calm water and under DC’s prized cherry trees as you make your way to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. This walkway offers up some fantastic photo ops featuring nature in contrast with the city not too far away. For those who don’t mind some walking it’s an easy and accessible route to get from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and then the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. For some even more incredible photos make sure to take a walk around sunset.  

Rock Creek Park

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Get a breath of fresh air outside the city at this large urban park with over 32 miles of trails for hikers, bikers, and horses. Rock Creek is perfect for families to relax and enjoy that magical time between summer heat and winter cold.  This year Rock Creek is celebrating their 125th anniversary. In celebration of the event, the park is hosting fun events including a weekly Exploring the Universe Planetarium Show on Saturdays and a Fall Foliage Stroll, which takes visitors on a 2-mile hike making sure to stop at the most picturesque spots in the park. For more events happening before the end of the year check out the Rock Creek Park’s website.

The C&O Canal

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During the 19th and early 20th century the C&O Canal provided jobs for the people in the area. As time went on the it took part in the growth of transportation, business, and the community. Today, the C&O Canal welcomes visitors for relaxation and recreation. One of the more unique features of the park is the mule-drawn canal boat rides. These rides are narrated by park rangers who give accounts of life back in the 1800’s during peaceful hour-long rides down the river. Make sure to check out their website for more information on pricing and hours of operation.

The National Mall

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Last, but certainly not least, DC’s crowned attraction—The National Mall. The center of “The Mall” is a pet and family friendly area where you will often times find people tossing frisbees and lunching in the grass. Surrounding the center is a tree-lined path frequented by runners, bikers, and the occasional segwaying tourists. Running the full two-mile length of the landmark area are the most famous monuments and museums in DC.