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We are a friendly, adults-only group that hikes and walks throughout Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland! We're fee-free, and always will be! There are no group fees, either annual or per event, but please feel free to make a voluntary contribution at https://www.meetup.com/alexandria-walking-group/contribute/.

Upcoming events (3)

Holmes Run

Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library

Let’s enjoy a winter walk along Holmes Run! • What we’ll do: - From the parking lot of Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Library, we’ll cross Holmes Run over Beatley Bridge and follow Holmes Run Trail upstream to the new Ripley St Bridge, cross over, and return along the right bank to Beatley Bridge. From there we’ll cross Beatley Bridge again, walk downstream along Holmes Run to Ben Brenman Park, do a loop around the lake, and retrace our steps to the library. - The walk is about 4 miles and should take under 2 hours at a moderate pace, including a short break at Ben Brenman Park for a pit stop. The path generally flat and paved throughout. - Google map: https://tinyurl.com/yxbuyq3q • Where to meet: We'll meet in the parking lot of Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304. • How to get there: The library is a mile and a half east of I-395 along Duke Street. From I-395 (either direction), take the Duke St/VA-236 East exit and drive a mile and a half east towards Old Town along Duke Street. The library is a large red brick building on the north (left) side of the street. The nearest Metro Station is Van Dorn Station. • What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired. The layered look and possibly a poncho or umbrella are recommended. • Weather: The forecast is partly cloudy with a high temperature of 43F and a 20% chance of showers. North winds at 8 mph. Updates here: http://tinyurl.com/lggnwga • Advisory: As a reminder, this is an adult group, and you are ultimately responsible for your own safety and well-being during events. No one under 18 years of age is allowed at this event, either as members or as guests, to include babies in carriers and/or strollers • Administrative stuff: The library and Ben Brenman Park have restrooms. (The library opens at 10 am, but there will be time for a pit stop before departing.) • Notes: - Charles E. Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22304,[masked]. http://tinyurl.com/lhc8zs2

Diagonals: East Capitol Hill

Eastern Market Metro Station

Let's meet at Eastern Market Metro Station and poke around the Capitol Hill Historic District! The Capitol Hill Historic District takes its name from the hill that in 1790 was called Jenkins Hill or Jenkins Heights. Pierre L'Enfant, the engineer who designed the layout of Washington DC, chose the hill as the site of what he described as the "Congress House." The street pattern in Capitol Hill remains faithful to the original 1791 L'Enfant Plan of grand diagonal avenues superimposed over a standard grid pattern. These diagonals, along with the buildings and landmarks they connect, will form the highlights of our hike. Capitol Hill is the largest residential historic district in the District of Columbia. Almost every street is composed of row houses of different varieties and periods: Federal townhouses, 19th Century manor houses, small frame dwellings, ornate Italianate houses, and late 19th century brick rowhouses are all represented, providing a jumble of architectural styles. • What we'll do: - Starting from the Eastern Market Metro Station, we'll head south past the Marine Barracks to the old gate to the Navy Yard, circle around "Blue Castle," originally a repair shop for the Washington and Georgetown Railway, and return north past “Barracks Row,” a line of shops that has catered to generations of Marines stationed in the barracks across the street. Then we'll turn west to walk past Christ Church to Marion Park, where we'll turn northeast along South Carolina Ave to Market Park, passing the Friendship House along the way. Then it's northwest along Pennsylvania to the Folger Shakespeare Library, and a turn northeast along Maryland Avenue to Stanton Park. From Stanton Park we'll walk southeast along Massachusetts Avenue to Lincoln Park and the Emancipation Memorial. Then we're on the home stretch, southwest along North Carolina Avenue to 7th Street SE, where we'll turn left and walk the two remaining blocks to our starting point at the intersection with Pennsylvania Avenue. - This is an easy walk, a little under 5 miles, and should take about 2 hours. The surface is sidewalks throughout, with some steps here and there. - Google map: http://tinyurl.com/z6zv4ff • How to get there: - Metro: Eastern Market Metro Station is on the Blue and Orange lines. - Driving from Virginia: 1. Head northeast on I-395 N and follow signs for I-695 2. Take the 6th St SE exit toward Navy Yard 3. Continue straight onto Virginia Ave SE 4. Turn left onto 8th St SE 5. Destination will be on the left; parallel park nearby - Driving from Maryland/points north: 1. Take MD-295 S; continue on Columbia Highway 295 S as you enter DC 2. Take the exit toward Pennsylvania Ave E and merge onto Pennsylvania Ave E 3. Make a U-turn at Fairlawn Ave S 4. Turn left onto 8th Street SE 5. Destination will be on the right; parallel park nearby • What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired (leashes please). • Weather: The forecast is mostly sunny and a high of 42F, with a 15% chance of showers early, increasing after 1 pm. Updates here: http://tinyurl.com/kmbkcpx • Advisory: As a reminder, this is an adult group, and you are ultimately responsible for your own safety and well-being during events. No one under 18 years of age is allowed at this event, either as members or as guests, to include babies in carriers and/or strollers. • Administrative stuff: There are public restrooms and drinking fountains in the Eastern Market nearby. There are also commercial establishments just south of our meetup point and along our hiking route. • Notes: - Capitol Hill Historic District, National Park Service: http://tinyurl.com/l4yq8jj - Capitol Hill History Project: http://tinyurl.com/lygkded - Capitol Hill, Wikipedia: http://tinyurl.com/m2putxm - National Register of Historic Places: http://tinyurl.com/ly6tep2 - Eastern Market: http://tinyurl.com/4ayhj8y - The Flea Market: http://tinyurl.com/m7qpk4q

Washington's Birthday at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon

Let's celebrate George Washington's birthday with a free visit to Mount Vernon! NB: This is a very popular event! Judging from past visits, we will almost certainly get separated by the crowds. Please plan to arrive early to find parking and find our group, and please do not get disappointed if we get separated. ● What we'll do: - We'll try to assemble in a group at 8:30 am outside the Texas Gate and get in line to enter the grounds at 9 am. After watching the introductory movie, depending on crowds and time available, we'll either tour the mansion first, or participate in the Presidential Tribute at 10 am and tour the mansion afterwards. Afterwards we'll tour the grounds, but also try to catch the Official Observance (10:30-11:00) and Military Demonstration (11:15-11:45) on the Bowling Green. - Google map: http://tinyurl.com/znmtmxj ● How to get there: Mount Vernon is 16 miles south of Washington, D.C. and 8 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, at the southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. From US-1/Richmond Highway (either direction) take VA-235/Mount Vernon Memorial Highway to the traffic circle in front of the entrance. Parking is free. For more details, see: http://tinyurl.com/peytv8a ● What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired (see dog visitation policy below). Food is not allowed in the historic area or in the Museum and Education Center. Large bags and backpacks are not permitted. The layered look is fashionable, and a poncho or umbrella is advisable. ● Weather: The forecast is mostly cloudy and a high of 49F, with a 10-13% chance of early showers, falling off towards noon. NE winds at 4-8 mph. Updates here: http://tinyurl.com/op3o3mh ● Advisory: As a reminder, this is an adult group, and you are ultimately responsible for your own safety and well-being during events. No one under 18 years of age is allowed at this event, either as members or as guests, to include babies in carriers and/or strollers. ● Administrative stuff: There are restroom facilities at the Ford Orientation Center, the Museum, and the Gift Shop/Food Court/Inn complex. ● Notes: - Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121, tele. [masked], http://www.mountvernon.org/ - Washington's Birthday Celebration: https://tinyurl.com/yaxhwoug - Interactive map: http://tinyurl.com/lpma7u3 - Dog visitation policy: http://tinyurl.com/q5x8jbh

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