When traveling to Washington, D.C., tourist attractions such as The White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument are always available. Once you have seen The Capitol Building and other famous buildings and landmarks, enjoy the events only available certain times of the year. Depending on the time of year you visit, an entirely new world of Washington D.C. opens up.
Here are some of the more popular seasonal attractions that you won’t want to miss. In fact, you may want to plan your next trip around them.
Cherry Blossoms in the Spring
Image via Flickr by Tony Beverley
Springtime is one of the most popular times to visit the U.S. Capitol because the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom. Hotels book up quickly this time of year so book early for better hotel selections. The peak time for the blossoms is around mid-April. Some of the best places to view and photograph the blossoms is at the Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial.
The most popular spring attraction is the National Cherry Blossom Festival. In addition to the festival itself, many Washington, D.C. hotels and eateries get into the spirit by offering special Cherry Blossom themed packages.
Summertime in Washington
Participating in Fourth of July celebrations in Washington, D.C. can be a surreal experience. Especially when you think about the reason for Independence Day and the fact you are celebrating on the grounds that represent freedom for the U.S. Some of the best displays are found at the National Mall, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, W. Hotel, Gravelly Point, and East Potomac Park.
Summertime is also one of the best times to visit D.C. parks. Rock Creek Park has hiking, biking, skating, and horseback riding in the 1, 754 acres. You can also rent a bike at one of the 300 bike stations from Capitol Bikeshare. Touring the Capitol on two wheels is one of the best ways to see the City.
Fall Foliage and Football Mark Autumn in D.C.
The red, orange, and yellow of autumn line the banks of the Potomac while fall festivals and football are in full swing. Fall is a perfect time of year for a weekend getaway. Walk or bike through the National Mall, Rock Creek Park, the National Arboretum, or Kenilworth Park on Saturday and then catch a Redskins game on Sunday.
Popular fall festivals include Taste of D.C. and D.C. Brew Tours. If you love photography, don’t miss FotoWeek D.C.. There you will see the best of the best in fine art photography.
Washington’s Winter Wonderland
Winter is one of the best times of year to find excellent hotels at budget prices. The city transforms to a winter wonderland at the Washington Harbour Ice Rink, but it is not the only place in town for ice skating. Skaters also enjoy the National Gallery of Art Sculpture, Garden Ice Rink, and Canal Park Ice Rink.
Wintertime also brings many free activities such as the viewing the National Christmas Tree, ZooLights, D.C. Brau brewery tours, Union Station, and the National Menorah.
There is so much to do indoors and outdoors in Washington, D.C. that you will never run out of new things to experience.