Best time to visit Washington, D.C.

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Best time of year to visit Washington, D.C.

With its impressive architecture, an abundance of monuments and museums, Capital City has a lot to offer at any time of year. However, the best time to visit Washington, D.C. are spring and autumn, when the nice weather allows to explore and enjoy all of its beautiful nooks. Late March to mid-April is a great time to see abundant cherry blossoms and welcome spring in the U.S. capital. In the autumn, the foliage in D.C. becomes stunning, and the air temperature cools down to a more comfortable feel. Don't miss the Halloween Parades in October or the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in November. During the hot summer, discover the city by bicycle, kayak or canoe, hike Mount Vernon Trail, and see blooming water lilies at the Kenilworth Aquatic Garden.

10 THINGS TO DO IN WASHINGTON, D.C. (MARCH 31 - APRIL 09)

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

mid-March–mid-April • nature

This grandiose celebration comes to the US capital with the arrival of spring

National Cherry Blossom Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival

March 20–April 12, 2020 • event

One of the largest spring celebrations in the U.S. capital

Washington Capitals Hockey

Washington Capitals Hockey

October–April • event

A fun winter alternative to baseball and football

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab

April–December • food

The most famous seafood of the Northeast

Cycling in DC

Cycling in DC

March–December • activity

With hundreds of kilometres of beautiful paved trails, the District Columbia is a paradise for bikers

The Mansion on O Street

The Mansion on O Street

all year round • activity

Explore the hidden rooms of this secret hotel and museum

Great Falls

Great Falls

March–May • nature

See the Great Falls when they are especially great—full and roaring with the melted snowfall

Kayaking, Paddling, and Canoeing on the Potomac

Kayaking, Paddling, and Canoeing on the Potomac

April–October • activity

The District of Columbia offers great water sport activities

Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals

April–September • event

Watching a baseball game is a true American experience

Mount Vernon Trail

Mount Vernon Trail

April–October • activity

Combine active outdoor sports with a visit to George Washington's historical estate

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Rolling Thunder 'Ride for Freedom'

Rolling Thunder 'Ride for Freedom'

May 26, 2019 • event

The world's largest single-day motorcycle event

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 28, 2018 • event

Welcome the holiday season with the U.S. President

Presidential Inauguration

Presidential Inauguration

January 20, 2021 • event

A historical event not to be missed

4th of July Concert, Parade & Fireworks

4th of July Concert, Parade & Fireworks

July 04 • event

There's no better place to celebrate the 4th of July than in Washington D.C.

National Giant Capital Barbecue Battle

National Giant Capital Barbecue Battle

June 22–23, 2019 • event

One of American's favourite activities gets a spotlight between the White House and U.S. Capitol

Halloween

Halloween

late October • event

One of America's favourite holidays is celebrated on a grand scale in Washington

Adams Morgan Day

Adams Morgan Day

September 08, 2019 • event

A celebration in the epicenter of Washington's nightlife

National Memorial Day Parade

National Memorial Day Parade

May 27, 2019 • event

One of the most patriotic holidays is undertaken with great scale in Washington

JxJ

JxJ

May 08–26, 2019 • event

One of the oldest and largest Jewish cultural events in the world

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

mid-November–mid-March • activity

A favorite place for kids and winter sport lovers—ice rinks

Autumn Foliage

Autumn Foliage

mid- to late October • nature

Fall is one of the best times to visit Washington–combining pleasant weather and splendid nature

Downtown Holiday Market

Downtown Holiday Market

November 22–December 23, 2019 • activity

The real Christmas magic starts here

Marine Corps Marathon

Marine Corps Marathon

October 27, 2019 • event

Run along the fastest of the U.S. military's servicemen and servicewomen

Labor Day Concert

Labor Day Concert

September 02, 2019 • event

The outdoor music season ends with this wonderful concert near the U.S. Capitol

Lotus and Water Lilies at the Kenilworth Aquatic Garden

Lotus and Water Lilies at the Kenilworth Aquatic Garden

late June–mid-August • nature

Washington is said to be a former wetland, so no wonder you can find blooming water flowers

Autumn Pumpkin Patch

Autumn Pumpkin Patch

October • activity

A beautiful seasonal tradition

Scream City Tours

Scream City Tours

2018 cancelled • event

There is no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than to visit a haunted house

Sailing and Cruising on the Potomac

Sailing and Cruising on the Potomac

May–November • activity

Explore one of the greatest American river and see the landmarks of the US capital from the water

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

March 10, 2019 • event

A perfect occasion for a pub crawl or to see the fountain by the White House turned green

Washington D.C. Restaurant Week

Washington D.C. Restaurant Week

August 12–18, 2019 • event

Experience the best prices in the best restaurants

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

late November–early January • event

The United States capital is especially festive during the holiday season

Washington Auto Show

Washington Auto Show

January 24–February 02, 2020 • event

One of the top auto shows in the US will leave you in awe with cutting-edge exhibits, displays of historic vehicles, and latest model cars

Washington International Horse Show

Washington International Horse Show

October 22–27, 2019 • event

The premier metropolitan indoor horse show in the U.S.

Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival

Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival

August 24, 2019 • event

Enjoy world-famous seafood and lots of entertainment