Photograph by Stephen St. John, NGS

Theodore Roosevelt Island (Potomac River)

Many visitors to Washington, D.C., are surprised to find a large wilderness island in the middle of the Potomac River. It’s a fitting tribute to Theodore Roosevelt, commemorating his love of the outdoors and the many steps he took to preserve America’s scenic wilderness areas. Known as Theodore Roosevelt Island, this 88-acre (35-hectare) tract lies between the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Rosslyn area of Arlington, Virginia. Most of the island is undeveloped, and there are several hiking trails that provide pleasant walks. The island is reached by a short footbridge from the Virginia side of the river.