A hidden treasure in the middle of the city of Washington DC is Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial. We have read about this island for three years but thought it was hidden up river from the city. Little did we know we have been driving over it.
The island is :"Theodore Roosevelt Island is a 91-acre wilderness preserve that serves as a memorial to the nation's 26th president, honoring his contributions to conservation of public lands for forests, national parks, wildlife and bird refuges, and monuments. Theodore Roosevelt Island has 2 1/2 miles of foot trails where you can observe a variety of flora and fauna. A 17-foot bronze statue of Roosevelt stands in the center of the island. There are two fountains and four 21-foot granite tablets inscribed with tenets of Roosevelt’s conservation philosophy. This is a great place to enjoy nature and get away from the busy pace of downtown." About.com
We spent a beautiful day exploring the island and lunching nearby reading Teddy Roosevelt and the treasure of Ursa Major / adapted by Ronald Kidd ; illustrated by Ard Hoyt.