Great American Rail Trail

Discovering America: Reconnecting People and Places

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More Than 3,700 Miles Between Washington, D.C., and Washington State

The Great American Rail-Trail promises an all-new American experience. Through 12 states and the District of Columbia, the trail will directly serve nearly 50 million people within 50 miles of the route. Across the nation—and the world—only the limits of imagination will limit its use. Explore the Great American by state.

The preferred route of the Great American Rail-Trail connects 145+ existing rail-trails, greenways and other multiuse paths spanning more than 3,700 miles. These trails are hosting the Great American through their communities, making possible this grand vision of a nation connected by trails. And with more than 52% of the route already on the ground, now is the time to experience the Great American Rail-Trail! Explore the Great American Rail-Trail map above to learn more about the route and to find trails you can visit today.






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Diplomatic Reception Rooms

In these 42 rooms, members of the U.S. Department of State meet with diplomats, entertain foreign leaders and engage in other activities of...

Trail: Great American Rail-Trail
State: DC
Architecture Politics, Policy & Justice
Duke Ellington's Birthplace

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was born in 1899 in a house that used to exist on this site. Today it’s a post office but a mural (by Aniekan Udofia)...

Trail: Rock Creek Park Trails
State: DC
Arts, Entertainment & Sports Black History
Godey Lime Kilns

To find these cool ruins from the 19th century, you’ll have to trek a bit off the beaten path—from the intersection of L Street Northwest and 26th...

Trail: Great American Rail-Trail
State: DC
Architecture Commerce, Economy & Work
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The Great American Rail-Trail will stand alongside our country's iconic landmarks as a nation treasure. You can help by making a gift to RTC, supporting the national leadership and on-the-ground support nessecary to completing the Greaat American Rail-Trail.

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