. . . taken in the area's sweetest views. Sugarloaf Mountain's appeal stems from its simple durability: It took 14 million years for nature to leave behind the 1,280-foot peak, and it has seen its share of history. Stop near the overlook where Franklin D. Roosevelt -- who tried to buy the area as a presidential retreat -- parked his car to gaze westward. Today, it's a mecca for hikers and mountain bikers, who converge on the mountain, especially in the colorful spring and fall.
From the eastern overlook, you can sometimes see the Washington Monument.
(Ricky Carioti -- The Washington Post)
From Washington, take Interstate 270 north to Route 109 west. Turn right on Route 95 and continue to the entrance. The gate opens at 8 a.m. and closes an hour before sundown. Admission is free.
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