Washington D.C – Cherry Blossoms, Waterfalls, and War Memorials
While our nation’s capital is home to many landmarks, there’s more to discover, learn and explore in DC. Whether you’re a nature lover or a history buff, we’ve got you covered with some of the best things to do in Washington.
1. See The Cherry Blossoms In Bloom
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is serious business for Washington. With events like Petalpalooza on the calendar, it’s a beautiful celebration of color to welcome spring. Taking a bike tour is a fun way to enjoy the Cherry Blossom Festival. Depending on the weather, April is usually a great time to see the cherry blossoms. Incidentally, it’s also more comfortable than the steamy summer months; Washington was built in a swamp after all.
2. Visit The Spy Museum
Get a glimpse into the world of international espionage and check out the largest collection of espionage weapons and gadgets at the International Spy Museum. With tons of interesting exhibits and interactive activities for the whole family, especially the James Bond fan!
3. Take A Day Trip To Great Falls
Great Falls National Park is situated along the Potomac River and is an excellent place for a walk, a picnic or an adventurous hike. With spectacular views and so much to explore, it’s a must-see for the whole family to enjoy.
4. Take A Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour Of The Capitol
Skip the crowds and book a hop-on, hop-off bus tour to see the different monuments and landmarks. With so much to see, this is the most efficient way to see as much as you like at your own pace. A great option for families due to the flexibility of this kind of experience.
5. Eat A Jumbo Slice
Jumbo Slice pizza is pretty popular in northwest D.C. If you’re picky about your pizza, Wiseguys serves up New York-style pie by the slice. It’ss mouth-watering, late night satisfaction by the mouthful.
6. Plan A Visit To The Pentagon
A visit to the Pentagon will require some advance planning, but it’s definitely worth it. There are some security clearance requirements for visitors to clear before booking a tour, but it’s totally worth it.
7. Explore The Museum Of Natural History
See the sparkling Hope Diamond once owned by Marie Antoinette, real mummies, and Phoenix, the 45-ton whale in the coral reef exhibit. With over 120 million artifacts to see, you can be sure that the whole family will enjoy a day here, especially if it’s raining!
8. Wander Through The National Mall
This is the main stage for everything from the serene long pool, to the monuments, and memorials that pay tribute to the bravest of the brave. You can spend a few days coming and going from here, but take your time and take it in. There are several options for tours of the various museums and monuments. Night bus tours make for great photo opportunities. Wear your most comfortable walking shoes!
9. Have Breakfast At ‘A Baked Joint’
The line after 9:00 am on a Saturday is a pretty good indicator that you’re not going home unsatisfied. Located at 440 K Street NW, these guys know how to do a biscuit. The prices are a little on the higher side for breakfast, but you do get what you pay for.
10. Go Apple Picking
After all the sightseeing and touring around, take a drive out to Homestead Farm in Poolesville, Maryland for a break from the hustle and bustle of your itinerary. It’s only a 50-minute drive from D.C and well worth it for some relaxed fun that everyone can enjoy. Try the cider, it’s delicious!