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Guide to Summer

DC is a top 2 summer travel destination according to WalletHub. Here's why.

You can make summer plans for unforgettable experiences in the nation's capital. Check out the dozens of free things to do, including Smithsonian museums, the National Mall and an array of outdoor activities. Explore wondrous neighborhoods, a dining scene filled with Michelin-approved restaurants, rooftop bars and beer gardens. Get ready for an exciting summer in DC.

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Memorable Things to Do this Summer in Washington, DC

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Events Happening This Summer

Reasons to Check Out the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC

The free summer festival on the National Mall is a can't-miss family...

Things to Do July 2024 in Washington, DC

There’s no shortage of exciting events to help you stay cool in DC t...

Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital features a variety of activities to honor the h...

Great Spots to Watch the Fourth of July Fireworks in Washington, DC

Nothing beats seeing the Independence Day fireworks against DC's sky...

Capital Pride Events That You Don’t Want to Miss This June in Washington, DC

Celebrate Washington, DC’s LGBTQ+ community with an array of can't-m...

Reasons to Catch a Washington Nationals Baseball Game

An action-packed schedule, home runs and Racing Presidents add up to...

What You Need to Know About Summer Restaurant Week 2024

Washington, DC’s biannual celebration of its dining scene returns Au...

Things to Do August 2024 in Washington, DC

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Ways to Enjoy Labor Day Weekend 2024 in Washington, DC

Celebrate summer’s last big weekend Aug. 30-Sept. 2 with free events...

 


Get Outside This Summer

10 Great Running Trails & Jogging Routes in Washington, DC

Swap the treadmill and head outdoors to one of DC’s many scenic runn...

Inspiring Public Parks & Gardens in Washington, DC

When it comes to parks and gardens, few cities can match DC’s offeri...

DC On the Water: Waterfront Activities & Things to Do in Washington, DC

Family-friendly outdoor water activities like boat tours, kayaks, pa...

Where to Enjoy an Outdoor & Drive-In Movie In & Around Washington, DC

Check out the best places to experience the cinema outdoors or by ...

Reasons to Catch a Washington Nationals Baseball Game

An action-packed schedule, home runs and Racing Presidents add up to...

Great Patios for Eating & Drinking in Washington, DC

Discover the best restaurants and bars for outdoor dining in the nat...

Start Your #Only1DC Summer Adventure

There’s no shortage of things to do in Washington, DC during summertime. Enjoy everything from outdoor activities to incredible food and drink and so much more.


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