Northwest Washington D.C. is the location of Massachusetts Heights, a small residential community south of the Washington National Cathedral and grounds. There are no nearby restaurants or shops, however, the facilities and gardens of the cathedral are accessible on foot.
Dog walkers in Massachusetts Heights should be prepared for hot summers and cold winters with a variety of appropriate outerwear such as warm coats for sub-freezing weather and breathable gear for humid summer days. Spring and fall seasons can see rain, sometimes heavy. Thunderstorms are frequent in summer months and present hazards to pedestrians with high winds and heavy run. Thunder can frighten your dog, so take shelter when severe storms are imminent or occurring. Severe winter blizzards are rare but occur occasionally. When extreme winter weather hits Washington, play inside games with your pup to burn off their energy as much as possible to avoid frigid conditions.
The Washington National Cathedral and associated grounds and facilities are the dominant landscape feature of Massachusetts Heights. A small triangular shaped area to the south of the grounds is the location of the area's residential dwellings. Homes are situated on well-landscaped properties and have varying architectural styles.
A few embassies are located here and this is an upscale area with well maintained, attractive properties. The district has sidewalks, so you and your dog do not have to share the road with local traffic and grassy berms provide shady walks and soft footing for your pup.
The terrain in the area is hilly, so when you are taking a walk with your furry friend, there are some inclines to climb up. Fortunately, hills are not very steep and most people and pets can get around without over exerting themselves. Sports facilities and fields are also present in the area and provide open green areas in the community.
The Bishop's Garden is a well-manicured garden on the National Cathedral Property. This beautiful greenway has paved paths around a variety of features and plantings and people can bring their pets into the garden, although your dog must be on a leash.
Bryce Park is located on the southwest side of the Massachusetts Heights neighborhood. This triangular shaped, small community park has lots of shade trees and circular features with paved paths for walking with your dog and benches to take a break and enjoy the greenway. The Beauvoir Playground is located on the northeast side of the community and features a play structure, sports facilities, fields, open areas, and some paved walking paths you can visit with your dog to take in the activities in the park.
The larger Glover Archbold Park is located several blocks to the west and features acres of natural greenway, miles of hiking trails, and a fenced-in, off-leash dog park.