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Hey, Bookworms! Here Are D.C.'s 10 Best Spots for Reading

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The weather is warming, the buds are popping, and the stack of books you've been meaning to read isn't getting any shorter. Put all this together, and it's time to go outside and find some peaceful public places to get some quality reading time in. Whether it's a secluded park or a lush garden, here are 10 locations for those who wish to break away from the city and escape into their next novel of choice. If we happened to miss your favorite reading spots, feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.

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1. Kogod Courtyard

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800 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

This indoor-outdoor courtyard is located inside the National Portrait Gallery. The undulating glassy ceiling and fauna create a tranquil, unique setting for reading.

2. Dumbarton Oaks

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1703 32nd St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

In Georgetown, you can find Dumbarton Oaks, a 19th century estate-turned-museum that offers tucked away gardens. Inside, you can expect Byzantine and pre-Columbian art, while outside there are fountains and lush foliage.

3. The Bishop's Garden

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Pilgrim Rd
Washington, D.C. 20016

At the National Cathedral, you can find the Bishop's Garden. This tucked away space offers a perfect place for peace and solitude.

4. Tregaron Estate

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3029 Klingle Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

This 20-acre estate is located on the edge of Rock Creek Park and offers enough wide open space for any one looking to get away from it all. The Tregaron Estate features pedestrian trails, two streams, over 150 new trees and over 8,000 daffodils.

5. Meridian Hill Park

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2500 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 895-6000
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In Columbia Heights, you can find Meridian Hill Park. One of its most notable features is a 13-basin cascading waterfall. In case you need silence for when you read, it may be best to avoid this park on Sundays. Otherwise, you may catch the Drum Circle, which entails a group of musicians and dancers who perform and liven up the area.

6. The Capitol

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East Capitol Street Northeast & First Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20004

Sit down, relax, and enjoy the well-manicured lawn outside the Capitol. The expansive space allows enough room to lie down without disturbing any passing joggers or tourists.

7. National Arboretum

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3501 New York Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

If you really want to go out into the great outdoors, visit the National Arboretum. It features an incredibly lush landscape with bonsai trees, azaleas, and herbs.

8. Hunter Courtyard

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1600 21st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-5500
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Grab yourself an espresso from Tryst and head out into the Phillip Collection's Hunter Courtyard. You won't need to pay the museum admission to enjoy the public space and relaxing, artsy atmosphere.

9. Theodore Roosevelt Island

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This is one of the most secluded areas in the District. If you're avoiding any distractions or interruptions, Theodore Roosevelt Island is your best bet.

10. Crispus Attucks Park

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2000 1st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20002

This Bloomingdale alleyway park offers lush flora, benches, and — most importantly — silence. [Photo via rockcreek]

1. Kogod Courtyard

800 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

This indoor-outdoor courtyard is located inside the National Portrait Gallery. The undulating glassy ceiling and fauna create a tranquil, unique setting for reading.

800 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

2. Dumbarton Oaks

1703 32nd St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

In Georgetown, you can find Dumbarton Oaks, a 19th century estate-turned-museum that offers tucked away gardens. Inside, you can expect Byzantine and pre-Columbian art, while outside there are fountains and lush foliage.

1703 32nd St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

3. The Bishop's Garden

Pilgrim Rd, Washington, D.C. 20016

At the National Cathedral, you can find the Bishop's Garden. This tucked away space offers a perfect place for peace and solitude.

Pilgrim Rd
Washington, D.C. 20016

4. Tregaron Estate

3029 Klingle Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

This 20-acre estate is located on the edge of Rock Creek Park and offers enough wide open space for any one looking to get away from it all. The Tregaron Estate features pedestrian trails, two streams, over 150 new trees and over 8,000 daffodils.

3029 Klingle Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

5. Meridian Hill Park

2500 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

In Columbia Heights, you can find Meridian Hill Park. One of its most notable features is a 13-basin cascading waterfall. In case you need silence for when you read, it may be best to avoid this park on Sundays. Otherwise, you may catch the Drum Circle, which entails a group of musicians and dancers who perform and liven up the area.

2500 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

6. The Capitol

East Capitol Street Northeast & First Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20004

Sit down, relax, and enjoy the well-manicured lawn outside the Capitol. The expansive space allows enough room to lie down without disturbing any passing joggers or tourists.

East Capitol Street Northeast & First Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20004

7. National Arboretum

3501 New York Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20002

If you really want to go out into the great outdoors, visit the National Arboretum. It features an incredibly lush landscape with bonsai trees, azaleas, and herbs.

3501 New York Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

8. Hunter Courtyard

1600 21st St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Grab yourself an espresso from Tryst and head out into the Phillip Collection's Hunter Courtyard. You won't need to pay the museum admission to enjoy the public space and relaxing, artsy atmosphere.

1600 21st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

9. Theodore Roosevelt Island

Potomac River, United States

This is one of the most secluded areas in the District. If you're avoiding any distractions or interruptions, Theodore Roosevelt Island is your best bet.

10. Crispus Attucks Park

2000 1st St NW, Washington, D.C. 20002

This Bloomingdale alleyway park offers lush flora, benches, and — most importantly — silence. [Photo via rockcreek]

2000 1st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20002