Wunderground® Travel Planner: Gaithersburg, MD
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Due to the lack of street-side paths and angry motorists, exploring inner city Baltimore on two wheels is a bad idea. But the city's most defined network of bicycling paths is the Gwynns Falls Trail, which connects 2,000 acres of public land in and around Baltimore. The trail, which was completed in the past couple of years, stretches for about 15 mi. Maps are available at www.gwynnsfallstrail.org. Or you could head to one of the city's parks or out of town to dedicated cycling trails. Bikes can be rented from Light Street Cycles
(1015 Light St., Federal Hill, 21230. Tel. 410/685-2234); ask for a map of local trails.
Just south of the city is the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail
(Tel. 410/222-6244); to get on the trail near BWI airport, follow I-695 to I-97 south, take Exit 15 onto Dorsey Road, heading west away from the airport. Look for signs for Saw Mill Creek Park, which has 13 mi of paved trails, open space, bridges, and woodlands. North of the city, the 21-miNorthern Central Railroad Hike and Bike Trail
(Tel. 410/592-2897. www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/central/gunpowder.html) extends along the old Northern Central Railroad to the Maryland-Pennsylvania line. It begins at Ashland Road, just east of York Road in Hunt Valley, and heads north 20 mi to the Pennsylvania border. Parking is available at seven points along the way.
Invented in Baltimore in 1900, duckpin bowling uses smaller balls and pins. For some fun and some real Baltimore character, head to the Patterson Bowling Center
(2105 Eastern Ave., Fells Point, 21231. Tel. 410/675-1011), the oldest duckpin bowling center in the country.
The numerous trails in the District and its surrounding areas are well maintained and clearly marked.
For scenery, you can't beat the C&O Canal Towpath
(www.nps.gov/choh), which starts in Georgetown and runs along the C&O Canal into Maryland. You could pedal to the end of the canal, nearly 200 mi away in Cumberland, Maryland, but most cyclists stop at Great Falls, 13 mi from where the canal starts. The occasionally bumpy towpath, made of gravel and packed earth, passes through wooded areas of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. You can see 19th-century locks from the canal's working days, and if you're particularly lucky, you may catch a glimpse of mules pulling a canal barge. The barges now take passengers, not cargo.
Suited for bicyclists, walkers, rollerbladers, and strollers, the paved Capital Crescent Trail
(Tel. 202/234-4874 Capital Crescent Coalition) stretches along the old Georgetown Branch, a B&O Railroad line that was completed in 1910 and was in operation until 1985. The 7.5-mi route's first leg runs from Georgetown near Key Bridge to central Bethesda at Bethesda and Woodmont avenues. At Bethesda and Woodmont the trail heads through a well-lighted tunnel near the heart of Bethesda's lively business area and continues into Silver Spring. The 3.5-mi stretch from Bethesda to Silver Spring is gravel. The Georgetown Branch Trail, as this section is officially named, connects with the Rock Creek Trail, which goes to Rockville in the north and Memorial Bridge past the Washington Monument in the south. On weekends when the weather's nice, all sections of the trails are crowded.
Cyclists interested in serious training might try the 3-mi loop around the golf course in East Potomac Park
(Tel. 202/485-9874 National Park Service) at Hains Point, the southern area of the park (entry is near the Jefferson Memorial). It's a favorite training course for dedicated local racers and would-be triathletes.
Each day bicyclists cruise the Mall
amid the endless throngs of runners, walkers, and tourists. There's relatively little car traffic, and bikers can take in some of Washington's landmarks, such as the Washington Monument, the Reflecting Pool, the Vietnam Memorial, and some of the city's more interesting architecture, such as the Smithsonian Castle and the Hirshhorn, the "Doughnut on the Mall."
Mount Vernon Trail
, across the Potomac in Virginia, has two sections. The northern part, closest to D.C. proper, is 3.5 mi long and begins near the causeway across the river from the Kennedy Center that heads to Theodore Roosevelt Island. It then passes Ronald Reagan National Airport and continues on to Old Town Alexandria. This section has slight slopes and almost no interruptions for traffic, making it a delightful, but challenging, biking route. Even relatively inexperienced bikers enjoy the trail, which provides wonderful views of the Potomac. To access the trail from the District, take the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge or the Rochambeau Memorial Bridge, also known as the 14th Street Bridge. South of the airport, the trail runs down to the Washington Marina. The final mile of the trail's northern section meanders through protected wetlands before ending in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. The trail's 9-mi southern section extends along the Potomac from Alexandria to Mount Vernon.
Rock Creek Park
covers an area from the edge of Georgetown to Montgomery County, Maryland. The bike path there is asphalt and has a few challenging hills, but it's mostly flat. You can bike several miles without having to stop for cars (the roadway is closed entirely to cars on weekends). The two separate northern parts of the trail, which begin in Bethesda and Silver Spring, merge around the Washington, D.C., line. Many bikers gather at this point and follow the trail on a path that goes past the Washington Zoo and eventually runs toward the Lincoln Memorial and Kennedy Center. Fifteen miles of dirt trails are also in the park; these are best for hiking.
Biking the Mall
A pleasant loop route begins at the Lincoln Memorial, going north past the Washington Monument, and turning around at the Tidal Basin. Along the way are small fountains and parks for taking a break and getting a drink of water.
Washington Area Bicyclist Association
(1803 Connecticut Ave., 3rd fl., Northwest, 20009. Tel. 202/518-0524. www.waba.org).
Rentals and Tours
Better Bikes Inc.
(1902 16th St. NW, at New Hampshire Ave., Adams Morgan, 20009. Tel. 202/293-2080. www.betterbikesinc.com) offers free delivery of rental bikes—mountain, hybrid, kids', and bikes with baby buggies from $38 to $48 per day—to most local hotels. Rentals include helmets, backpacks, locks, and tips on where to bike. Reservations are required.
Big Wheel Bikes
, near the C&O Canal Towpath, rents multispeed bikes for $25 per day and $15 for three hours. Tandem bikes, kids' bikes, and bikes with baby carriers are also available. A second location is near the Capital Crescent Trail. There's also an Alexandria branch if you want to ride the Mount Vernon Trail. 1034 33rd St. NW, Georgetown, 20007. Tel. 202/337-0254. www.bigwheelbikes.com. 3119 Lee Hwy., Arlington, VA, 22201. Tel. 301/652-01922 Prince St., Alexandria, VA, 22314. Tel. 703/739-2300.
Bike and Roll
(Tel. 202/966-8662. www.bikethesites.com) is a tour company that offers three-hour, 4- to 8-mi guided tours of Downtown Washington. Formerly known as Bike the Sites, the company offers tours that range in cost from $32 to $45, and bike rental is included. Advance reservations are required. Tours start from the Mall.
The Boathouse at Fletcher's Cove
(4940 Canal Rd., at Reservoir Rd., Foxhall, 20007. Tel. 202/244-0461. www.fletcherscove.com), next to the C&O Towpath and Capital Crescent Trail, rents fixed-gear bikes for $6 per hour and $25 per day.
Thompson's Boat Center
(2900 Virginia Ave. NW, Foggy Bottom, 20037. Tel. 202/333-4861 or 202/333-9543. Foggy Bottom/GWU) allows easy access to the Rock Creek Trail and the C&O Towpath and is close to the monuments. Adult single-speed bikes are $4 per hour and $15 per day. Multispeed cruiser bikes are $8 per hour and $25 per day. Rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Washington Sailing Marina
(1 Marina Dr., Alexandria, VA, 22314. Tel. 703/548-9027. www.washingtonsailingmarina.com) rents all-terrain bikes for $8 per hour and $25 per day. The marina is on the Mount Vernon Trail off the George Washington Parkway, south of Ronald Reagan National Airport.
1444 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Bright, energetic, and often noisy, Bicycle serves intelligent, creative cuisine. Caribbean, Asian, and Southwestern flavors influence the short but engaging menu, which is supplemented by specials that make use of fresh seafood and local seasonal produce. The extensive wine list has 18 options priced at less than $20. Tables are close in this long, narrow bistro, but if you don't mind occasionally rubbing elbows with your neighbors, the proximity enhances its liveliness. www.bicyclebistro.com. Reservations essential. Credit cards accepted. Closed Mon. No lunch.
5520 Wisconsin Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Everything about the new Courtyard by Marriot Chevy Chase is bright and shiny. The sleek lobby features the chain's new interactive touch-screen "GoBoard" listing attractions, restaurants, and printable maps. Rooms are a good size and have high-tech amenities like free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Bonus for bikers: the hotel has a few bicycles (for kids and adults) that it lends guests for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Pros:
new hotel; green initiatives at work throughout the hotel; close to Metro, restaurants, and shops; outdoor pool.Cons:
not downtown. www.marriott.com. 225 rooms, 1 suite. In-room: Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, gym, laundry facilities, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: Friendship Heights.
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