Looking for that perfectly summery weekend excursion in DC? Get off the metro, and onto a bike! While we're at it, why not bike your way through beautiful Rock Creek Park to the ultimate hidden gem, Hillwood Estate? (We thought you might like the sound of that!)
To ring in the season in a very Great Gatsby-esque manner (sans Redford or Leo—sorry!) we highly recommend a visit to the Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Garden's newest exhibit, "Living Artfully" which chronicles the splendid private life of Marjorie Merriweather Post: cereal heiress, Washingtonian socialite, and pioneer art collector.
Get a little caffeine in your system, and meet us at our National Mall location to rent some bikes for your journey. Our friendly staff will send you off with a perfectly fitted bike, a flat repair kit, a lock, a helmet, and a map!
Follow these step by step instructions to bike from our location, down and around the Lincoln Memorial, and up scenic Rock Creek Parkway to Hillwood!
Arrive at the lovely Hillwood Estate, where you'll find convenient bike parking just outside of the Visitor's Center. Once inside, purchase tickets to the "Living Artfully" exhibit ($12 for Adults), and prepare to be wowed.
Grab lunch at the Hillwood café, where you'll see a wide variety of seasonal fare, including a prix fixe menu inspired by the current exhibition, and vegetables and herbs from right out of the cutting garden!
Get lost in the magical grounds of the estate—from the Rose Garden to the Putting Green, you'll find so many hidden treasures here.
Head back down the Rock Creek trail and into Downtown DC, where you can either keep your bikes until dinner time, or hand them over and finish the rest of your day on foot.
Let us know how this journey works out for you— make a few stops and snap a few pics of your bike ride and we'll be sure to repost them on our Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!