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Why locals love it

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, better known as the C&O Canal, was historically used to transport goods by mule along the Potomac River and is nearly 200 miles in length. Visitors can now experience the Canal by strolling or biking along the towpath.

Why you should visit it

In the summer, you can frequently spot wild animals such as turtles and heron, and year-round, the canal offers lovely views of the Potomac River. The Canal starts at Georgetown, making a visit (whether for 30 minutes or three hours) convenient and worthwhile.

Special tip

The address provided is for the visitors center, which is located near the start of the canal.

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