Spring is one of the best seasons to experience D.C., even after the Cherry Blossoms have reached peak bloom. From flower marts to day trip adventures, here’s 15 ways to get the most out of the season.

 

Events

We’ve got flowers on our mind this season (and it’s not just because of our allergies). Go full bloom with these three springy, flower-themed events.

April 14th – Cherry Blossom Festival Parade – Washington D.C.
The month-long National Cherry Blossom Festival comes to conclusion with an incredible parade which runs along Constitution Avenue. Get ready for all the Japanese drums, and lots and lots of dancing. For more on all things cherry blossoms check out our Cherry Blossom Everything Guide.
10am, 4/14. Free to stand along the parade route, $20 for grandstand seating. More Information.

April 21 – Historic Garden Tours – Alexandria, Virginia
Hmm “how interesting can historic gardens be?” you might be thinking. Well, these are not your average gardens, and the ticket includes checking out the GORGEOUS historic gardens at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Get ready for a lovely day strolling through some gardens (it’ll be perfect).

10am – 4pm, 4/21, $45 per person, More Information.

May 4th – Flower Mart 2018 – Washington D.C.
This sublime open air flower market on the ground of the National Cathedral has been an ongoing event since 1939. Enjoy a D.C. tradition, and get ALL the instagrams.
10am – 6pm, 5/4, Free, More Information.

 

Drinking & Eating

As the city awakens from it’s semi hibernation, it’s the perfect time to get out and experience new restaurants that have opened and tour a few cool local breweries.


City Brew Tours
Like many other cities around the country, D.C.’s craft brewery resurgence knows no bounds! At the moment there are around 28 craft breweries in D.C., and you can run around exploring and tasting your way through the best of the best of the DMV, with these brew tours. They have a few different options to choose from, but we’re partial to the Original.
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Ice Cream Jubilee
As soon as the weather starts warming up we IMMEDIATELY decide that it’s time for some ice cream. There’s no better way to finish off a day of exploring the Wharf or checking out THE SPORTS (more on that below) with a well deserved scoop from this local ice cream maker. Flavors change with the seasons but you can’t go wrong with the Salted Caramel.
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Dockside Snacks
Still hungry after that ice cream? Looking for something a little more substantial than ice cream? We love spending a sunny spring day on the water in Navy Yard, and polishing off a plate of nachos (with some Frosé, frozen rosé) from the very new Due South Dockside.

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Rooftop Fun

Nicer weather means that it’s time for one of our favorite activities, drinking on rooftops. For all things rooftop fun check out our Outdoor Drinking Guide, but in the meantime, here’s a few of our favorite spots for city views and all the brews.

Whiskey Charlie Rooftop Bar
New for this summer, and located on top of the Canopy by Hilton Washington DC at the Wharf and the views are spectacular. We recommend visiting at sunset because the light gets pretty unreal, bring a camera (or clean off your phone camera).
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The Graham Rooftop Bar
There’s no better place in Georgetown to frolic in the spring sunshine while checking out views of the monuments and historic Georgetown. Grab a fun tropical drink (they even serve some in coconuts) and enjoy.
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Roofers Union
In the heart of the perfectly eclectic Adams Morgan neighborhood of D.C., Roofers Union is the go-to spot for brunch, but is also a wonderful option for happy hour, if you’re looking for a place with local flair in one of the coolest areas of town.
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The Sports

We have some incredible professional sports teams in D.C., we might not have had any championships in awhile but it’s definitely fun to go catch a game.


Washington Nationals
It’s baseball season! Opening Day just happened and from now until … (does baseball season ever end?) fall, it’s the perfect time to go to Nationals Stadium to watch our beloved Nats. The food at the stadium is top notch, with some super cool local restaurants having outposts in the stadium, you definitely don’t have to worry about boring stadium food here.
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DC United
The D.C. soccer team is getting a brand new stadium! While the stadium won’t be open until summer, the team is still gearing up for the opening with a bunch of fun events and activities.
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Washington Capitals
Not to curse anything (fingers crossed) but there’s a good chance that the Washington Capitals are headed to the NHL playoffs. There is no better way to check out the real spirit of D.C. than to witness a playoff hockey game. C-A-P-S! CAPS! CAPS! CAPS!
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Activities

Locals absolutely love all the outdoor fun that the area offers, there’s a reason that D.C. is continually in the Top 3 Fittest Cities in America. Here’s some of the best ways to get out into that breezy spring sunshine.

Hiking
We have so many parks in the area, from Rock Creek Park in D.C. to Great Falls Park, (and so many more), especially if you have a car or have access to a car, the opportunities for an awesome hike are endless. Some of our favorite hikes are the C&O Canal outside of Georgetown in D.C., the Billy Goat Trail in Maryland, and Sugarloaf Mountain in Virginia. Check out our full local Hiking Guide for more trails in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

Shopping

Now that you can walk around outside without hating life we recommend hitting up some of our favorite stores in the DMV area. Our current must-shops (is that a word? Is now) are the Made in D.C. store, for EVERYTHING cool and locally made. We love the candles from Handmade Habitat. If you’re heading tol Old Town Alexandria for the day, definitely check out Red Barn Mercantile for actually cool gifts and souvenirs, and the Hour Shop for unique vintage finds.

Bike Riding
Different than hiking because you’re on WHEELS! Although some of the trails from the hiking guide still apply. We love hopping on the Capital Crescent trail in Georgetown and grabbing lunch in Bethesda, Maryland (or vice versa). For everything bikes and bike riding check out the BYT Bike Guide.
Special bonus: The DC Bike Ride is returning in May 19th, 2018. It’s kind of hte best way to really experience the area by bike, since they close 20 miles of area roads just for the bike ride, and it passes by some major tourist sites! It’s not a competitive ride, so you can take the ride at a leisurely pace (although we think if you take TOO long they do eventually have to re-open the roads).

From fun & flowers to rocking out on rooftops (and less humidity!), spring is truly a great time to check out the DMV and Hilton’s Capital Adventure Package helps you get the best out of the season with over $200 in savings (including many of the activities mentioned above.).

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