Southeast is a neighborhood of Washington DC which is literally the southeast quadrant of the district. Radiating out from the US Capitol building and home to several smaller neighborhoods, this area is rich in culture and diversity. The area experienced a bit of a decline in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s but a resurgence is rapidly turning this area into an affordable, but fun place to live. The area is filled with trendy restaurants in just about any cuisine you could possibly want and there is plenty to see and do in the nation's capital if you want to turn your walk with Fido into a sightseeing adventure. Pet stores are available in every part of the neighborhood.
Over 200 dry days await you in Washington DC. From December to March, the weather can be below freezing and snows do happen on a regular basis but humid summers won’t stop you from walking as long as you take proper precautions.
Southeast Washington DC is mostly flat with little in the way of elevation changes. Most people find that perfect for walking their dog who prefers not to have to deal with hills. If you want to put a bit more effort into Fido’s walk, don’t despair! There are other ways than just hills to make sure you or your dog burn plenty of calories.
You will be walking on mostly sidewalks throughout this entire neighborhood, but not all of the areas of the neighborhood are the same. Some streets are very urban and have little in the way of grass or greenery along the sides of the road. These are mainly to the north, closer to the capital. To the south across the river, you will find distinctly suburban neighborhoods that have a lot of grass and trees that will keep Fido quite happy on your daily outings together.
There are plenty of greenways in the nation’s capital and especially along the southern half. This neighborhood is blessed with being close to Kingman and Heritage Islands Park. The islands are situated in the Anacostia River and are full of trails and things to do. Dogs are welcome as long as you follow the usual rules and there is a place to have picnics if you plan to make an afternoon of it.
Anacostia Park runs through the heart of the Southeast DC neighborhood and also has a nice river trail to walk with places along the river to stop and take a break. Finally, Fort Dupont Park just to the northeast has over 10 miles of trails you can walk with your pup at your side. This area also has some higher elevations, so if you are looking to burn a few calories, this might be a good place to head.