Here comes the sun! After what seems like the never-ending winter, everybody must be ultra-ready for Spring.
To quote/paraphrase George Harrison and The Beatles,
It’s been a long, cold lonely winter…
It feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right
Now that winter is over, and the trees are in bloom, I am excited for Spring and eager to share my updated list of The Best of Spring -Washington, DC .
- Cherry Blossoms – The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual celebration that showcases the gift of 3,000 cherry trees that the city of Tokyo gave to our nation’s capital. www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/. This year’s peak blossom season is later than normal, due to an unusually long winter. The current forecast for peak bloom is April 11-13 (Friday to Sunday this week), so make a plan to get out and see them in person before they are gone!
- Waterfront Dining – DC has an abundance of great waterfront views. Why not take advantage and enjoy it with your favorite meal or beverage. Find out more here: http://dcmetromagazine.com/article/the-best-of-washington-dcs-waterfront-dining
- 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 path and enjoy. http://bikewashington.org/trails/ and http://www.commuterpage.com/biketrails.htm
- National Zoo – Everyone knows that bears hibernate and the birds fly south for winter, but come spring there is no place better to see lions, tigers, bears and more than at the National Zoo. Best of all, you may get lucky enough to see the baby panda, Bao Bao. http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/GiantPandas/default.cfm#BaoBao
- Great Falls and assorted hiking trails – In city adorned by incredible man-made monuments, we often forget the monuments that Mother Nature created, with Great Falls being among the very best in the area. If you’ve never hiked the Billy Goat Trail, or have not done so in a very long time, you owe it to yourself to get out there this spring. http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/Billy_Goat_A_8872.asp. For more hiking trails http://dc.about.com/od/hiking/a/BestHiking.htm
- Annapolis, Middleburg, Skyline Drive and more – There are many places to visit within an hour or so drive of DC. Whether it’s the quaint towns of Middleburg and Annapolis or the hiking trails and spectacular views of Skyline Drive, including several waterfalls http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/waterfalls.htm, there is so much to see and do near Washington. Even Baltimore and the famed Inner Harbor is less than an hour away http://baltimore.org/about-baltimore/inner-harbor (* plan accordingly for weekend and rush-hour traffic)
- Washington Nationals baseball – With stars like Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper leading the team, big things are expected from the Washington Nationals in 2014 . Nothing says Spring like the start of baseball season. Check out the schedule and get your tickets. http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=was#y=2014&m=4&calendar=DEFAULT
- Celebrate Spring – Springtime choices are plentiful. Whether you would like to celebrate Earth Day on the Mall on April 22nd http://www.earthday.org/greencities/earth-day-2014/ or plan something festive like Gold Cup in The Plains, VA www.vagoldcup.com on Saturday, May 3rd, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Spring in and around the DC area. For those of you who appreciate DC’s international flair, here are a few suggestions: http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/portal/passport-dc1
Get out and enjoy the Spring. After a very long winter, we all deserve it!