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How to make the most of springtime in Washington D.C.
Posted on 02/03/2017

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Visit Washington at its best, with cherry blossoms blooming and the sun starting to peak through, there is lots to do in the US capital during the cheerful spring season.

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  • Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival
    Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival

    Takes place from the last week of March to the second week of April. You can see the beautiful pink flowers up close and take part in over 90 special events such as the cherry blossom parade or the blossom kite festival.

  • Explore Tidal Basin
    Explore Tidal Basin

    Take a stroll along the Basin enjoying the beautiful blossom-covered landscape and some of DC's most iconic landmarks. It's by far the most beautiful time of year to see the memorials and you can even rent a paddle boat to enjoy the scenery from the water.

  • Visit the National Cathedral Flower Mart
    Visit the National Cathedral Flower Mart

    Washington D.C.'s annual outdoor festival for garden enthusiasts and families in May, providing great food, great music and beautiful spring flowers.

  • Visit Mount Vernon for the Wine Festival
    Visit Mount Vernon for the Wine Festival

    Celebrating the history of wine in Virginia with special evening tours of George Washington's mansion and cellar. The festival also puts on entertainment in the form of blues concerts, all set against spectacular views out to the Potomac River.

  • Explore the capital by bike
    Explore the capital by bike

    See the famous monuments of the US capital from a two-wheeled perspective by taking a tour by bike. This will allow you to take in the pink-tinted natural beauty of the spring season.


Each year, spring covers America's capital city in a soft pink blanket of cherry blossom. From mid-March and mid-April, Washington D.C.'s cherry trees turn the city's parks and monuments into a cloud of colour, adding to the city's already substantial attractions.

Spring is generally agreed to be the best time to head to Washington D.C., with fewer crowds than the summer months and a chance to catch the city in all its glory.

Aside from the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the arrival of sunny days, there are a few events over the course of spring that bring many visitors to the capital, including the Mount Vernon Wine Festival and the D.C. Jazz Festival.

As well as the opportunity to buy fresh, local produce from the farmers' markets, there are many cool bars and restaurants which open up their terraces, some of which have rooftop views out to the city.

For locals, the beginning of spring heralds the opening of the Nationals Park for the first baseball game of the season. For visitors, a Nats game provides fantastic atmosphere and a chance to get to know what D.C. is all about, including hot dogs and pretzels.

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