With millions of visitors visiting the capital city of the United States, Washington DC is almost always crowded with tourists. If you want to avoid a huge crowd, but still have a good experience, given below are the hidden locations you can try to explore during your tours of Washington DC.
Melrose Market on Capitol Hill
Head over to the Melrose market for a unique shopping experience; the excellent food and charming atmosphere here is sure to delight you. Besides, you could get almost everything you need from the specialty shops here. There are enough cafes and bars too; make sure to stop there for a drink and a quick bite.
Beach at the Marine View Park
This park is located near the Normandy City, bordering a natural beach. Some would argue that this is one of the best kept secrets in Washington DC. At the edge of the park, there are two sets of wooden stairs, and from the top, you could get great views across Des Moines and to Mount Rainier.
Snoqualmie Train Tunnel
This is an old train tunnel running through the Snoqualmie Pass, which is now converted into a hiking trail. The tunnel is about 2 miles long and a hike in darkness here is sure to thrill all the adventure lovers. This tunnel remains cool even during summers, so why not give it a try.
Orcas Island is the largest of all the islands in the San Juan Island. Located at the Northwest coast of DC, there is enough greenery, friendly villages, and mountains here, which you can explore during your tours of Washington DC. You can also go for hiking, biking trails, and even horseback riding in the horseshoe-shaped Orcas Island.
Waterfall Garden Park
The Waterfall Garden Park is situated in the place where the American United Parcel Service was originally founded. This is a manmade waterfall, which is like an oasis in the middle of the ever-busy city. This park is the best place to relax as it is less crowded and has a calm atmosphere.
After visiting all these hidden attractions, if you by chance come to see a retro soda machine at the heart of the Capitol Hill area, make sure to grab a bottle of soda for $0.75. This machine may look very haunted and it has been a mystery since the 1970’s, that no one knows who restocks it. Now it has become a feature of fascination for the locals.