Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial

Take a break from the fast-paced environment of Washington, D.C., with a visit to Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial. Tucked into a bend in the Potomac River, just opposite the Kennedy Center and Georgetown, this small island is a quiet, car-free oasis. In the 1700s and 1800s, the island held a private plantation, a Civil War hospital, and a recreational area. The ruins of the Mason mansion, which once played host to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and King Louis of France, still stand. As you walk through the forest on the flat hiking trails, it's easy to forget that you're in the middle of a major metro area — the island is a great place to take a break on a trip to the nation's capital.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial

The hiking trails are the main attraction at Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial. Bring your walking shoes, and enjoy the shade of the tall trees. Within walking distance, you'll find some of the country's most famous monuments and museums as well as an endless array of shopping and dining options.

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How To Get To Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial

There are no vehicles allowed on Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial; you'll need to walk there on the Theodore Roosevelt Island Pedestrian Bridge. To get to the parking lot, take I-66 from Washington, D.C., or Arlington, Virginia, to the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The parking area is located just north of the Theodore Roosevelt bridge.


George Washington Memorial Parkway, northbound lanes between Roosevelt Bridge and Key Bridge, Arlington, VA 22209

Fee: Entry fee $0

As you explore the tree-lined paths of Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial, the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C., fades away; it's the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate on your trip to the capitol. Whether you want to hang out by the fountains or get in a hike or a trail run, this quiet park is perfect for the whole family. If you want to experience even more of the local landscape, an RV is a great way to visit. Set up camp on the outskirts of the city, and return home to a comfortable bed and a crackling campfire.