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Capital Bikeshare itinerary: Outdoor adventure

Pack sunscreen, a water bottle and tennis racquets for this longer excursion, which can be broken into smaller itineraries for those who want to linger at each stop or for cyclists daunted by crossing three quadrants on two wheels. Route: 6.7 miles; travel time without stops: 40 minutes

National Zoological Park - Smithsonian Institution

3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008  | 202-633-4470  |  Web site »

Start at the National Zoo. Everyone loves D.C.'s unofficial mascots, the panda bears, but why not pay a visit to some of the other, arguably underrated animals? There are black-footed ferrets, beady-eyed bats and naked mole-rats, not to mention the little red furballs, otherwise known as the red panda cubs.


Marie Reed Recreation Center

2200 Champlain St. NW, Washington, DC 20001  | 202-673-7771

Leave the Harvard Street exit of the zoo, and pick up a bicycle at the station at Harvard Street and Adams Mill Road NW. Bike south up one short, steep hill and drop it off at Adams Mill and Columbia roads NW. Walk down 18th Street to the Marie Reed Recreation Center for a game of tennis. Or head inside for a dip in the pool.



1940 11th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001  | 202-332-9463  |  Web site »

Walk to the station at 16th and U streets NW, and bike to 10th and U streets NW. Walk to Vinoteca, which is a great place to drink wine outdoors on the front patio and a destination for bocce fans. In the plaza out back, there's another bar, tables and a court for practicing your pallino-chasing skills.



400 Eighth St. NW, Washington, DC 20004  | 202-638-6010  |  Web site »

Return to the same station and bike to 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Make a quick pit stop at Teaism (400 Eighth St. NW) to pick up bento boxes, salty oat cookies and limeade.


National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and Ice Skating Rink

700 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20565  | 202-216-9397,202-737-4215  |  Web site »

Then walk to the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden for a picnic around the fountain.


The Yards Park

Third and Water streets SE, Washington, DC 20003

Pick up a bike at the same station and travel along Pennsylvania Avenue until you hit Fourth Street NW, then travel southeast and make your way to the station at First and N streets SE. Walk to the Yards Park to end the day with a stroll along the Anacostia River waterfront and, potentially, events that range from live music to the Food Truck Fiesta.

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