Alexandra Cousteau’s D.C. 

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By Sarah Sekula, published in GoEscape

As the granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau, Alexandra has a great love for waterways. She zig-zags the world as the founder of the Blue Legacy Foundation, but knows how to unwind when she’s at home in D.C.

Best place for organic foods

“There is a small but amazing farmers market in Dupont Circle on Sundays. Local and organic farmers from surrounding areas bring fresh and seasonal produce.” 20th St. NW; www.freshfarmmarkets.org

Best place to exercise

Rock Creek Park is a large urban forest. There are a multitude of trails that let you run, walk or bike for miles through along creeks and rivers; it’s an absolute treasure.” 5200 Glover Road NW; 202-895-6070; www.nps.gov/rocr

Best place for a scenic walk

“The C&O Canal started 100 years ago as a lifeline for communities along the Potomac River. Stretching 184.5 miles from the city into Virginia, it’s an endless opportunity to discover historical, natural and recreational treasures.” 1057 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW; 202-653-5190; www.nps.gov/choh

Best place to take guests

“Every spring, nearly 1,700 cherry blossom trees lining Washington D.C.’s Tidal Basin burst into color in a beautiful display of floral fireworks. People come from all over the country come to see it during the precious few weeks a year they are in bloom.”

877-442-5666; www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Best place to read a book

“The gardens of Dumbarton Oaks. It’s a beautiful 1801 Federal-style house with extraordinary gardens. A wonderful place to read, wander and enjoy.”

1703 32nd Street, NW; 202-339-6401; www.doaks.org