Washington is described as having a humid subtropical climate with cold winters and hot summers. Winters see some snowfall, which is usually light, but occasional severe winter storms occur. Have a warm jacket and good footwear to contend with sub-freezing temperatures and snowy conditions. Summers are hot and humid which can result in heat-related illness if precautions are not taken by pet owners. Severe thunderstorms and hurricanes can also be issues. Check local forecasts to be aware of and avoid extreme weather.
Foggy Bottom is a well developed urban area with a history dating back to the 1700s. It is bordered by the National Mall on the south and White House grounds on the east with the Potomac River on its west border and Downtown Washington to the north. The neighborhood is low lying and originally got its name because fogs from the river would settle over the neighborhood.
Most residential buildings in the area are multi-story apartments or row houses. There are also several institutions and federal office buildings as well as commercial structures in the area which are served by metro lines.
The landscape is relatively level with some gentle inclines, but no steep hills, so people and pets with mobility issues should not have trouble getting around. Most streets have sidewalks providing safe walkways for pedestrians, however, there are a lot of streets which intersect at peculiar angles which can make navigating the area difficult if you are not familiar with it.
Foggy Bottom is surrounded by interesting greenways. Theodore Roosevelt Island is located in the Potomac River to the west. This island greenway has lots of hiking trails and a plaza with a statue. Foggy Bottom residents with pets wanting to access this natural area have to cross the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge on foot or by vehicle to reach the park.
The National Mall is located to the southeast of Foggy Bottom. This beautifully maintained and manicured green space contains features such as the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Lincoln Reflecting Pool, gardens, war memorials, and the White House. There are paved paths to access the attractions, however, access to some areas of these landmarks and facilities by pets is restricted.
Robert Latham Owen Park, Edward J. Kelly Park, and Triangle Park are located adjacent to each other. These parks contain fountains, plazas, and paved walking paths with well manicured landscapes and shade trees which make pleasant walking destinations.