Spring in Washington, DC – Top Things to Do

Adorned with an abundance of blooming flowers and lush trees, stately homes and magnificent monuments, Washington, DC is so amazingly beautiful in the spring, that my words cannot do it justice.  However, eloquence aside, here are a few ways to appreciate Washington, DC in the Spring of 2013.

  • Washington Nationals baseball – I’ll admit it, I’m biased.  I love baseball.  To me, and to many baseball fans, nothing quite says “Spring” like the start of baseball season. The Nationals had their best season in 2012, making their first trip to the playoffs.  With a healthy team, and a few keys additions, much is expected for our local team this year.  Check out the schedule and get your Natitude on.  www.nationals.com
  • Bicycle and running paths – Washington, DC and the surrounding neighborhoods are adorned with hundreds of miles of beautiful trails.  Whether you walk, bike or run, find your favorite route and enjoy exercising in the great outdoors. http://bikewashington.org/trails/
  • National Zoo – Hibernation season is over for animals and humans alike. There is no place better to see lions, tigers, bears and more than at the National Zoo.  Best of all, the National Zoo remains free, and is also metro accessible.  http://nationalzoo.si.edu/
  • Outdoor cafes – DC has an abundance of choices for outdoor dining and libations.  Eat, Drink & Enjoy!  http://dc.about.com/od/restaurants/a/Diningoutdoors.htm
  • Gold Cup – With hundreds of tent parties and thousands of people all fancily dressed (giant hats are a major part of the unwritten female dress code), who would have thought that steeplechase races could be so much fun?!?!  This Spring’s Gold Cup is on Saturday May 4th.  It is located about an hour drive outside of Washington in The Plains, VA http://www.vagoldcup.com/
  •  Earth Day on the Mall – Join the eco-friendly movement on April 22nd. http://www.earthday.org/2013/

Saving the best for last, any “DC Spring” list would be incomplete without mentioning the fabulous Cherry Blossoms.  A photographers dream, and a romantic’s rationalization for spring fever, each year the Cherry Blossoms bring a flood of tourists and locals to gaze in splendid wonder at their marvelous beauty.

Bursting Blossoms

  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival – The Festival runs March 20th through April 14th.  Festivities include fireworks at the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival on April 6th.  The annual Cherry Blossom parade on April 13th is followed by the Japanese Cultural Street Festival.

     The colder than average March and chilly start to April slowed the emergence of Washington, D.C.’s cherry blossoms.  Peak bloom was revised to April 6-10, with a more realistic expectation of April 8-11.  It’s  a VERY short peak window, so hurry and see them before they are gone!

    Visit http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/ to keep up to date on peak bloom days and other festival events. 

    * While it was not my intent to recycle old posts, this post is an update of last year’s Spring blog.  For a review of that “Top 10” list, please visit: