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20 D.C. area locations perfect for introverts, mapped

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Being alone doesn't have to be a bad thing. Sometimes, the best way to relax is by retreating to isolated locations. Especially in a city, finding an escape from the noise and the people can be a beneficial activity if interested in getting some rest and relaxation.

For introverts, Curbed has created the following map with locations that are sure to bring a moment of relief and—most importantly—silence. The map points have been listed geographically, from the most northwest to the most southeast.

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U.S. Botanic Garden

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For a moment of solitary relaxation, head over to the U.S. Botanic Garden. This is one of the oldest continually operating botanic gardens in North America. Inside, there are rare and endangered plants as well as roses, orchids, and fruit. For more information on what exhibits to expect, check out the U.S. Botanic Garden website here.
Photo via Bob Stovall

U.S. National Arboretum

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With 446 acres to spare, the National Arboretum has more than enough space for relaxing in solitude. Here, there is a variety of foliage, a 390-year-old bonsai tree that survived an atomic bomb, and even the columns that originally supported the old East Portico of the Capitol building.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/AgnosticPreachersKid

Tryst at the Phillips

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Trying to find a quiet spot for reading a book? Check out the Tryst coffee shop at the Phillips Collection, the nation's first museum of modern art. After getting a coffee, consider wandering around the museum for a stimulating artsy experience.

Theodore Roosevelt Island

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Behold, one of Washington, D.C.'s most secluded areas. Expect few people, a lack of distractions, and quietude. If any cyclists are looking for a new place to explore, you'll have to leave your bike at home. No bicycles and no cars are permitted.
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Washington National Cathedral

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You don't have to be religious to love the quiet calmness that churches bring. The building, itself, also offers a quirky addition: a Darth Vader sculpture on the west tower. The National Cathedral is the sixth largest cathedral in the world and the second largest in the U.S.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/S. E. Brendel

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

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Gorgeous mosaics await at this Catholic church. The Basilica is the largest Catholic church in the United States and North America, one of the ten largest churches in the world, and the tallest habitable building in Washington, D.C. Both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have visited this church.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/AgnosticPreachersKid

Georgetown Waterfront Park

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Get yourself a wonderful view of the Potomac River from this waterfront. At night, introverts will be able to enjoy the twinkling lights from the Kennedy Center and the surrounding buildings.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/AgnosticPreachersKid

Fletcher's Boathouse

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In comparison to the Key Bridge Boathouse in Georgetown, this boathouse is supposed to be less crowded. Here, nab yourself a kayak and explore the river. Visitors can also rent paddle-boards and canoes.
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The Capital Wheel at the National Harbor

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The National Harbor is a great location with restaurants, retail, and even a beach worth enjoying. What might appeal to introverts the most, though, is the Capital Wheel. The line can sometimes be long, but worth it for a few quiet moments in the ferris wheel with a great view included.
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Rock Creek Park

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Get away from it all by visiting Rock Creek Park, one of America's largest and oldest city parks. Not sure where to go? Here are three trails worth venturing to.
Photo via John Bense

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

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This scenic National Park is worth a visit if interested in seeing rare waterlilies and lotuses. This is also the only remaining tidal marsh in Washington, D.C.
Photo via Zhong Ping

Library Of Congress Main Reading Room

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In April 1800, the Library of Congress was established. Today, it's a perfect spot for reading and enjoying a moment of silence. The library officially serves the United States Congress and is the de facto national library of the U.S.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Carol M. Highsmith

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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Introverts, it's okay to go to performances alone. Also, every day, there are free performances at the Millennium Stage with no tickets required. Win win.
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Anacostia Park

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Relax by the water, exercise at the fitness station, or even go skating at the skating pavilion. There's so much to do at Anacostia Park, and it's all at no cost.
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Alexandria Waterfront

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If the Georgetown waterfront isn't enough, the Alexandria waterfront is worth a trip. There are also a variety of retail and restaurant options nearby on King Street. If interested in art, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is also a venue worth checking out due to the variety of artists and mediums showcased.
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Enid A. Haupt Garden

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This 4.2-acre space was designed to be a modern representation of American Victorian gardens. Still looking for other green spaces? Here are some others worth a visit.
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Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard

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

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This planetarium is perfect for feeling at one with the universe, while gazing at the stars and the planets.

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Hope Floats

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At Hope Floats, introverts will be able to relax through infrared saunas and sensory deprivation tank chambers. This is perfect for those who may not want to be massaged, but do want to find a relaxation method that offers a moment of meditation and relaxation.

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Atlas Performing Arts Center

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Grab yourself a ticket to a performance at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Here, one doesn't have to worry about trying to strike up conversations with others; the performers are the only ones that need to worry about what to say anyway. To see what to expect from upcoming performances, check out the calendar here.
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U.S. Botanic Garden

Photo via Bob Stovall
For a moment of solitary relaxation, head over to the U.S. Botanic Garden. This is one of the oldest continually operating botanic gardens in North America. Inside, there are rare and endangered plants as well as roses, orchids, and fruit. For more information on what exhibits to expect, check out the U.S. Botanic Garden website here.
Photo via Bob Stovall

U.S. National Arboretum

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/AgnosticPreachersKid
With 446 acres to spare, the National Arboretum has more than enough space for relaxing in solitude. Here, there is a variety of foliage, a 390-year-old bonsai tree that survived an atomic bomb, and even the columns that originally supported the old East Portico of the Capitol building.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/AgnosticPreachersKid

Tryst at the Phillips

Trying to find a quiet spot for reading a book? Check out the Tryst coffee shop at the Phillips Collection, the nation's first museum of modern art. After getting a coffee, consider wandering around the museum for a stimulating artsy experience.

Theodore Roosevelt Island

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Daderot
Behold, one of Washington, D.C.'s most secluded areas. Expect few people, a lack of distractions, and quietude. If any cyclists are looking for a new place to explore, you'll have to leave your bike at home. No bicycles and no cars are permitted.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Daderot

Washington National Cathedral

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/S. E. Brendel
You don't have to be religious to love the quiet calmness that churches bring. The building, itself, also offers a quirky addition: a Darth Vader sculpture on the west tower. The National Cathedral is the sixth largest cathedral in the world and the second largest in the U.S.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/S. E. Brendel

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/AgnosticPreachersKid
Gorgeous mosaics await at this Catholic church. The Basilica is the largest Catholic church in the United States and North America, one of the ten largest churches in the world, and the tallest habitable building in Washington, D.C. Both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have visited this church.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/AgnosticPreachersKid

Georgetown Waterfront Park

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/AgnosticPreachersKid
Get yourself a wonderful view of the Potomac River from this waterfront. At night, introverts will be able to enjoy the twinkling lights from the Kennedy Center and the surrounding buildings.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/AgnosticPreachersKid

Fletcher's Boathouse

Photo via TrailVoice
In comparison to the Key Bridge Boathouse in Georgetown, this boathouse is supposed to be less crowded. Here, nab yourself a kayak and explore the river. Visitors can also rent paddle-boards and canoes.
Photo via TrailVoice

The Capital Wheel at the National Harbor

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/MamaGeek
The National Harbor is a great location with restaurants, retail, and even a beach worth enjoying. What might appeal to introverts the most, though, is the Capital Wheel. The line can sometimes be long, but worth it for a few quiet moments in the ferris wheel with a great view included.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/MamaGeek

Rock Creek Park

Photo via John Bense
Get away from it all by visiting Rock Creek Park, one of America's largest and oldest city parks. Not sure where to go? Here are three trails worth venturing to.
Photo via John Bense

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

Photo via Zhong Ping
This scenic National Park is worth a visit if interested in seeing rare waterlilies and lotuses. This is also the only remaining tidal marsh in Washington, D.C.
Photo via Zhong Ping

Library Of Congress Main Reading Room

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Carol M. Highsmith
In April 1800, the Library of Congress was established. Today, it's a perfect spot for reading and enjoying a moment of silence. The library officially serves the United States Congress and is the de facto national library of the U.S.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Carol M. Highsmith

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Tom
Introverts, it's okay to go to performances alone. Also, every day, there are free performances at the Millennium Stage with no tickets required. Win win.