When choosing a site for flying a kite, avoid three things: trees, power lines and the air space near National Airport.

Of course, Hains Point is out of bounds. But from a kite's-eye view, the city and surrounding area are dotted with parks, athletic fields and parking lots.

Here's Weekend's sampling of kite sites. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, soccer and baseball fields when not in use, Massachusetts and Nebraska avenues NW. ANACOSTIA PARK, Anacostia Avenue and Fairlawn Park SE. BANNEKER PLAYGROUND, 2500 Georgia Avenue NW. BATTERY KEMBLE PARK, off MacArthur Boulevard NW near Chain Bridge Road. BURROUGH PLAYGROUND, 20th and Monroe streets NE. FORT DUPONT, Minnesota Avenue and Randle Circle SE. FORT RENO, at Chesapeake and Nebraska avenues NW. KENILWORTH-PARKSIDE, Ord Street and Anacostia Avenue NE. KING PLAYGROUND, Riggs and Rock Creek Church roads NW. LANGDON PARK, Mills and Hamlin streets NE. PALISADES RECREATION CENTER, Sherrier and Dana Place NW. ROCK CREEK PARK, open areas such as Carter Barron's Brightwood Recreation Area at 16th and Kennedy NW; Picnic Area 6 near Miller's Cabin on Beach Drive just above Military Road; and Picnic Area 1 near Peirce Mill at Beach Drive and Tilden Street NW. WASHINGTON MONUMENT GROUNDS. MARYLAND ALLEN POND PARK, Northview Drive, Bowie. CANDY CANE CITY, Meadowbrook Lane off East-West Highway, Chevy Chase. C&O CANAL, open-field areas such as Carderock. LAKE NEEDWOOD SPILLWAY, next to lake, off Muncaster Mill Road, Rockville. OURSLER RECREATION AREA, Route 198 (Spencerville Road), Burtonsville, near Old Columbia Pike. OXON HILL CHILDREN'S FARM, Oxon Hill Road. UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, mall, College Park. VIRGINIA BARCROFT PARK, 4100 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. BLUEMONT PARK, Fourth and North Manchester, Arlington. BULL RUN REGIONAL PARK, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. BURKE LAKE PARK, 7315 Ox Road, Burke. FORT HUNT PARK, off the G.W. Parkway, Alexandria. LAKE FAIRFAX PARK, 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston. LEE DISTRICT PARK, 6601 Telegraph Road, Alexandria. LEWINSVILLE PARK, 1659 Old Chain Bridge Road, McLean. MASON DISTRICT PARK, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale. NOTTOWAY PARK, 9537 Courthouse Road, Vienna. QUINCY STREET PARK, North Quincy & North Washington Boulevard, Arlington. E. CALVIN VAN DYCK PARK, Route 237, Fairfax. VIRGINIA HIGHLANDS, 18th and South Hayes, Arlington.