UPDATE: Now that the temps are dropping, it's high time to get outside and get moving. We've got a handy primer on the best ways to elevate your heart rate, whether you're dig zip-lining or horseback riding. This story was originally published on September 13, 2012.
Mother Nature finally listened to our collective “simmer down, now” plea, and we're starting to detect that ever-so-subtle crispness in the air. And, with this newfound balmy weather comes plenty of inspiration to get outside and find a little adventure. Naturally, since we love to help you out, we’ve created a list of super-cool activities and locales to get your frolic on — no matter if "danger" is your middle name, or you prefer to get your thrills on the safer side.
Don’t know what to do for a first date? Take a hike — literally. Tired of the treadmill? Try your hand at rock climbing. Whatever you’re into — from the high-octane thrill of kayaking or whitewater rafting, to the relaxing rhythm of canoeing or horseback riding — the District, Maryland, and Virginia offer up a vast range of indoor and outdoor activities that are guaranteed to get you revved up. So, pull your hair into a ponytail, grab your sneaks, and get out there. You go, girl.