Living in the city and enjoying the great outdoors does not have to be mutually exclusive.
15 minutes away from the heart of Washington DC lies the second steepest set of waterfalls in the Eastern half of the United States after Niagara (although Niagara comes in first by a long shot, and if you come from the western half of the US - this kind of stuff is probably in your backyard).
Great Falls National Park is awesome. Hiking/biking trails abound. Cardrerock is the best outdoor rock climbing in the DC metro area. The kayaking/whitewater is superlative.
To get there, you do need a car, or you can get off @ Falls Church or Dunn-Loring on the orange and cab it. I love this place, and am going to be taking more than a few trips here.
Also, I was thinking this group could also serve as a starting point and place for planning other trips to other eastern outdoor landmarks within the VA/WV/NC area, e.g. sections of the Appalachian Trail, the Great Smokies, Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge Mts, Nantahala River, New River Gorge, Seneca rocks, the Great Dismal Swamp etc/etc.
Oh yeah, and how could I forget the ever humble, and ever more approachable Rock Creek Park? (2x the size of Central in NYC and also a national park in its own right)
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