Our Favorite Places to Sleep Under the Stars Around Washington, DC

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Washington, DC. The nation’s capital, seemingly packed to the brim with landmark institutions, events, and activity everywhere you look, visitors and locals alike will not fail to find more than enough to do here around the year. Between travelers composing an itinerary for a getaway and curious locals, there’s something for everyone here in Washington, DC. Read on for some of our favorite places to sleep under the stars and enjoy the great outdoors here around the capital. 

Cunningham Falls State Park

Located in the picturesque Catoctin Mountains, Cunningham Falls State Park is a great getaway for those in the capital region to enjoy hiking, hunting, swimming, boating, fishing, camping, and breathtaking scenes of waterfalls, streams, rock formations, and forests. Aside from the outdoors recreation, the distance from the DMV area also provides for less light pollution and clear views into the skies and stars over Maryland, Virginia, and the capital. For those who are looking for a vacation from their vacation with a diverse array of scenery and things to do, Cunningham Falls State Park is a great option to consider.

Pohick Bay Regional Park

This is another mammoth attraction on the river, featuring a thousand acres of canoeing, paddleboarding, kayaking, boating, hiking, picnicking, a number of camping sites with cabins, dedicated family areas and group camping sites, and even a water park! This is a great option for families traveling to the capital region who want to enjoy the Virginia wilderness in an accessible and inclusive atmosphere, with a number of fun activities and an easily navigable layout. 

Lake Fairfax Park

With nearly five hundred acres of fishing, hiking, biking, fire rings, grills, picnicking, and biking, Lake Fairfax Park is a great option for visitors to the capital region who want to lose themselves in nature for a while. Aside from the number of scenes and camping areas, there is also a number of modern amenities to make their visitors’ stay at the Lake Fairfax Park more comfortable for those who want a stay with a few more luxuries, such as bathhouses, hot showers, restrooms, potable water spigots, and designated picnicking areas. 

Catoctin Mountain Park

Catoctin Mountain Park is your pristine, lush escape into the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains. This is a great area for daytime excursions and longer trips alike given its proximity to the city, with plenty of hiking, stargazing, picnicking, camping, photography, animal watching, and outdoors activities to choose from. We recommend the trails leading to breathtaking views over Maryland, for those memorable photos to complete your travel albums and postcards.

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