With the snow completely melted, temperatures perfectly maintained in the mid-70s, and flowers in full bloom, The US News and World Report has voted spring the best time to visit Washington DC. There are endless seasonal DC activities that can make planning your trip to the capital a bit stressful, so we’ve narrowed it down for you. Here are 8 of our favorite spring and summer attractions in Washington DC:
1. Attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival (Beginning March 20)
DC is famous for their Cherry Blossoms, and this year’s peak bloom is anticipated from April 11-14. Purchase a Petal Pass so you don’t miss out on all things Cherry Blossom. Take a water taxi to enjoy the view from the water and then grab a bite to eat at a waterfront restaurant.
2. Rent a paddle boat on the Tidal Basin (Beginning March 10)
Conveniently reserve a paddle boat ahead of time so you can enjoy the blossoms from the Tidal Basin.
3. Catch a Washington Nationals game (Beginning April 6)
Spring Training is winding down and the much-anticipated baseball season is just around the corner! The season officially begins Monday April 6th, but don’t worry if you can’t make it- there will be 80 other opportunities to catch the Nationals play on their home field!
4. Go on the DC Design House Tour (April 11- May 10)
Visit the 25+ room house that brought Washington DC’s top interior designers together to transform and showcase a traditional yet modern home. Your money will be well-spent, as the proceeds benefit the Children’s National Health System.
5. Attend Passport DC (May 1- 31)
For an entire month, DC invites you to travel the world as the doors to 50 international embassies are opened.
6. Get a taste of DC at the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival (May 30-31)
Indulge in delights from 50 wineries at one of the East Coast’s largest and longest-running wine events.
7. Unwind with the smooth sounds of the DC Jazz Festival (June 10-16)
Tour DC’s trendiest clubs and venues with concerts from Grammy-winning performers to emerging jazz artists.
8. Spend 4th of July in the nation’s capital (July 4)
Can you think of a better place to celebrate July 4th than America’s capital? Check this list of the best views to catch this year’s firework shows.
DC hotels book quickly in the summer, so make your reservations now. American Inn of Bethesda welcomes families, couples, and business travelers alike. Guests love unwinding in our spacious guest rooms after a long fun-filled day of touring the city. Conveniently located just 4 miles from the heart of DC, our Bethesda Hotel allows you to get to and from your favorite destinations in just minutes!