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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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1. U.S. Botanic Garden

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100 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
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

2. U.S. National Arboretum

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3501 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 245-2726
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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

3. Tryst at the Phillips

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

4. Theodore Roosevelt Island

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Analostan Island
Washington, D.C. 20037
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

5. Washington National Cathedral

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3101 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 537-6200
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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

6. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

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400 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20017
(202) 526-8300
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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

7. Georgetown Waterfront Park

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33rd St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
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

8. Fletcher's Boathouse

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4940 Canal Rd.
Washington, D.C. 20007
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

9. The Capital Wheel at the National Harbor

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165 Waterfront St
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
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

10. Rock Creek Park

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Beach Dr NW
Washington, D.C. 20015
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

11. Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

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1550 Anacostia Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20019
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

12. Library Of Congress Main Reading Room

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101 Independence Ave. SE Thomas Jefferson Bldg, LJ 100
Washington, D.C. 20001
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

13. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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2700 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20566
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.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Tom

14. Anacostia Park

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Anacostia Dr SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
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.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Tim Evanson

15. Alexandria Waterfront

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1200 N Royal St
Alexandria, VA 22314
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.
Photo via ehpien

16. Enid A. Haupt Garden

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1050 Lenfant Plz SW
Washington, D.C. 20560
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.
Photo via Heather Harvey

17. Robert and Arlene 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 and relaxing by oneself.
Photo via NCinDC

18. David Brown Planetarium

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

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19. Hope Floats

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4709 Chase Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
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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20. Atlas Performing Arts Center

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1333 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
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.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Smallbones

1. U.S. Botanic Garden

100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20024
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.
100 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

2. U.S. National Arboretum

3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
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.
3501 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

3. Tryst at the Phillips

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

4. Theodore Roosevelt Island

Analostan Island, Washington, D.C. 20037
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.
Analostan Island
Washington, D.C. 20037

5. Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
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.
3101 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

6. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20017
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.
400 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

7. Georgetown Waterfront Park

33rd St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
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.
33rd St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

8. Fletcher's Boathouse

4940 Canal Rd., Washington, D.C. 20007
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.
4940 Canal Rd.
Washington, D.C. 20007

9. The Capital Wheel at the National Harbor

165 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
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.
165 Waterfront St
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

10. Rock Creek Park

Beach Dr NW, Washington, D.C. 20015
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.
Beach Dr NW
Washington, D.C. 20015

11. Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20019
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.
1550 Anacostia Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20019

12. Library Of Congress Main Reading Room

101 Independence Ave. SE Thomas Jefferson Bldg, LJ 100, Washington, D.C. 20001
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.
101 Independence Ave. SE Thomas Jefferson Bldg, LJ 100
Washington, D.C. 20001

13. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20566
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.
2700 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20566

14. Anacostia Park

Anacostia Dr SE, Washington, D.C. 20020
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Tim Evanson
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.
Anacostia Dr SE
Washington, D.C. 20020

15. Alexandria Waterfront

1200 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Photo via ehpien
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.
1200 N Royal St
Alexandria, VA 22314

16. Enid A. Haupt Garden

1050 Lenfant Plz SW, Washington, D.C. 20560
Photo via Heather Harvey
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.
1050 Lenfant Plz SW
Washington, D.C. 20560

17. Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard

800 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Photo via NCinDC
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.
800 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

18. David Brown Planetarium

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

A post shared by Ben (@benjaminwy) on

Quincy Street
Arlington, VA

19. Hope Floats

4709 Chase Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
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.

A post shared by Jason Smith (@jasonstix) on

4709 Chase Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

20. Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Smallbones
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.
1333 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002