If you know just where to look, there are a few hidden worlds here in DC that once you step into them it's easy to lose track of time. One such secret is the Gardens at Dumbarton Oaks. Once you've exhausted your options of running about the Mall, this is the place that you should come to detox and just breathe.
Tucked away in the hills of Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks will allow you forget that your feet hurt from walking too many miles in the wrong shoes, that you almost fell off your Capital Bikeshare bike, or that your metro card refused to let you out of the turnstile in a timely manner. With 27 acres of gorgeous gardens & lush lawns, this is where I go when I need to remember what a sprawling yard looks like (#urbanproblems) or when I wish that I could traipse about the gardens of Versailles but don't have a few thousand dollars to drop for such an extravagant field trip.
Meticulously designed over the period of 30 years by the Bliss family, Dumbarton Oaks is now considered one of the "Top 10 Gardens in the World" by National Geographic. So if you have an afternoon to meander or are looking for the perfect place to read a book, this is your spot! Considering we still haven't had the pleasure of walking about the Blisses' favorite, the Rose Garden, when it was in bloom, I'm thinking another trip to Dumbarton Oaks may have to be in the works this summer.