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11 Ways to Make the Most of Spring in Washington, DC

Friends walking along Tidal Basin & cherry blossoms - Spring in Washington, DC

The nation's capital shines in spring with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, outdoor activities, sports action, free events and so much more.

DC owns springtime. Its signature celebration, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, is the centerpiece, but the city offers so much more as the weather warms up. Check out all the things to do and start planning your springtime excursion with family and friends to Washington, DC.

1 Discover free things all spring

Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial during the National Cherry Blossom Festival - Spring in Washington, DC

Washington, DC features so many free activities during spring, with numerous free events during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, free embassy tours during Passport DC, free blossom viewings all over the city and much more.

2 Celebrate the cherry blossoms

Cherry blossom trees framing the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin - Spring National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC

The National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20 – April 13, 2019) is DC’s signature springtime celebration, honoring the gift of the Japanese trees in 1912, as well as their peak bloom. The festival is full of great events, many of which are free to attend. Throughout the spring, many DC-area hotels offer special cherry blossom-themed packages, which, in addition to deals and discounts, may include a free bloom-inspired cocktail, chocolates, meals or more.

Your ultimate guide to the cherry blossoms and springtime in Washington, DC

3 Attend National Cherry Blossom Festival events

@dougvansant - National Cherry Blossom Festival Petalpalooza fireworks at the Wharf - Spring festival and fireworks in Washington, DC

Over the course of three weeks, the National Cherry Blossom Festival offers up a great lineup of events, including the Blossom Kite Festival (March 30), Petalpalooza (April 6) and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (April 13). Get to as many as you can!

4 Get that perfect blossom Instagram photo

Where to Photograph the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC

DC is quite the sight to see during the spring, especially with blossoms blooming all over. Discover the best places to photograph the blossoms in the District and you’ll come away with an Instagram post that will make your friends jealous.

5 Embrace DC's waterfronts

@_jenk - Summer Boating on the Georgetown Waterfront in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital offers two rivers, the Potomac and Anacostia, that double as recreational playgrounds full of family-friendly outdoor activities. Find out how you can take advantage via kayaking, paddleboarding and so much more.

6 Catch a Washington Nationals game

@amgarciaindc - Sunset at Nationals Park during Nationals baseball game - Sports in Washington, DC

The Washington Nationals are one of the best teams in baseball, so you’re missing out if you don’t get out to a game at Nationals Park during your visit. From the incredible talent on the field, which includes superstars Max Scherzer and Juan Soto, to great food and so much more, you can get your baseball fix with flying colors in the District. Nats games are a hot ticket in DC, so make sure to score your exclusive discount today. Just go to the single game tickets page, select the game you wish to attend and enter the promotional code VISITDC.

7 Tour an embassy for free during Passport DC

Tour an embassy for free during Passport DC - Free spring activities in Washington, DC

Passport DC (May 1-31) is an annual celebration of international cultures in DC. Don’t miss your two chances to tour an embassy for free: the Around the World Embassy Tour on May 4 and the Shortcut to Europe on May 11.

8 Take part in the DC Bike Ride

DC Bike Ride - Fun springtime event in Washington, DC

Enjoy the only closed-road, car-free bike ride of DC during DC Bike Ride, held in May each year. The family-friendly activity is becoming a springtime favorite in the nation’s capital, serving as a great way to embrace DC’s outdoor scenery.

9 Go for a run

Couple running by the Lincoln Memorial in warm weather - Outdoor activities and fitness in Washington, DC

DC is a haven for outdoor lovers and fitness enthusiasts. There are so many great places to go for a run or a jog, including the National Mall, Rock Creek Park, the Mount Vernon Trail and more. Fitting exercise into your vacation will be no sweat.

10 Head to a rooftop bar for drinks

POV Rooftop and Lounge at the W Hotel - Rooftop Bar With Great Views of Washington, DC Skyline

Springtime is the perfect time to head to a gorgeous rooftop bar, order up some drinks and savor a night in the nation’s capital. There are great locales all over the city offering craft cocktails, delicious bar bites and jaw-dropping views.

11 Check out all the colorful things to do in DC

@deercher - Couple holding hands at Union Market Heart Wall mural - Attractions in Washington, DC

Washington, DC is a city filled with color, from dazzling outdoor murals to can’t-miss museum exhibits to its eclectic dining scene. Discover all the ways you can embrace the colorful side of DC during a spring trip.

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