Faculty Favorites: Dining and Places – Dan Parks

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Dan Parks (bio), an editor at Congressional Quarterly, shares his favorites.

Best place to take an out-of-town guest to show off your knowledge of the Washington area

Roosevelt Island, for an amazingly serene nature stroll located in the middle of six million people, and for the impressive, under-appreciated Teddy Roosevelt Memorial. web site, map (only accessible by car from the northbound lanes of George Washington Parkway, just north of I-66, and by bike and foot on the Mt. Vernon Trail from the Rosslyn side of Key Bridge)

Best beer selection

Best place with view in a hip neighborhood

Best bike ride

From Rosslyn, the paved Mount Vernon Trail trail takes you along the Potomac River to Old Towne Alexandria, and then continues on to Mount Vernon. It’s 40 miles round trip, so bring water and a power bar.
Mount Vernon Trail, web site from National Park Service, web site from Bike Washington
Also see “The Visitor’s Biking Guide to Washington DC

For more, also see our Visiting Washington DC pages

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