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Nov, 28 || No Comments |

If you think of Washington DC as a rather dry politically dominated town as compared to New York or that isn’t really much of a tourist destination – then please think again.

There are many things to see and do in Washington but if you want the great weather try and plan your trip for spring or autumn. The truth is that Washington isn’t at its best when the weather is at its hottest – and through the winters aren’t all that cold by northern hemisphere standards – it’s still a lot nicer place to be just before or shortly after the summer heat.

The ideal months to visit are April and May – then late September and October through to mid-November. The advantage of coming here in the fall is that you’ll see the beautiful autumnal shades that really show the American capital off at its best. But for many of us, spring is better still. There’s a note of freshness and optimism about the whole city – and if you venture outside into the great state of Virginia – well the natural beauty is simply breath-taking. This is well worth doing, by the way, whenever you decide to come here.

While you’re here – you’re obviously going to go on the tourist trail and visit the White House, the Washington Monument and all the other famous tourist sites such as the Lincoln Memorial and Thomas Jefferson memorials.

But do try and step off the tourist track a little or a lot if you can. The truth is that Washington just doesn’t feel like most other American cities. It has a unique charm and there’s a sheer intelligence about the place that really helps set it apart.

The White House (Photo - wikipedia)

The White House (Photo – wikipedia)

When thinking about where to stay – start with Georgetown. This is really where it’s at and everyone seems to be connected in some way, directly or otherwise, to the whole business of Government of the world’s biggest economy.

Washington is also well-known for its sports sides including American Football team, the Washington Redskins, the Washington Nationals baseball team and the D.C. United soccer team. In ice hockey, there are the Washington Capitals and you also have the Washington Wizards in basketball. Getting tickets to watch any of these sides play on home turf is an experience well worth going for while you’re here. But if you had to pick one of these sports that’s quintessentially American and gives you a nice relaxing afternoon or evening soaking up the atmosphere – then go for the baseball.

 

The Washington Nationals are riding high at the moment. At the time of writing, the Nationals are 7-1 joint favourites with the betting exchange betfair to win baseball’s famous World Series. So if you get lucky, you might just get to see a championship winning side. Obviously, you need to order beer and hotdogs whilst you’re in the Nationals Park – that’s just a given! And hopefully, the vendor will be able to “pitch” you the dogs in true baseball stadium style.

And there’s no better time than the spring to go to Nationals Park. This is a brand new baseball park (it was only opened as recently as 2008) alongside the Anacostia River in the Navy Yard neighbourhood of the city – which is in the Southeast quadrant. You can get to the ballpark from the I-295 via the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge or the I-395 Southwest Freeway.

There are lots of other great reasons to visit the DC in spring though, beyond the great weather and sport. There’s the Washington Rock n’ Roll USA marathon, for example, a race which takes in all the famous landmarks and is well worth being in the city for even if you aren’t feeling up to the run yourself.

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There is no dearth of things to do in Washington DC ( Photo – wikipedia)

There’s also a film festival, the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 15th with all the usual green dyed beer and funny bowler hats etc., and the famous National Cherry Blossom Festival which spans three weeks, over four weekends. This annual festival marks the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees from Tokyo to America’s capital.

On April 6th next year, you may even be able to make it to the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll. President Rutherford B. Hayes started this tradition back in 1878 and each year the First Family joins around 30,000 people for the event. The whole thing includes games, arts and crafts as well as the big roll itself. Tickets are via lottery, though, so check out the White House website to enter.

Throughout the month of May, the “Passport DC” Cultural Tourism initiative takes place. The whole thing celebrates international cultures. Visitors can visit over 40 world embassies. There are also lots of other events to celebrate global cultures and diversity. It’s a great month to be in the American capital.

 

And in the same month, there’s the annual National Memorial Day Parade featuring parade floats and hundreds of veterans parading along Constitution Avenue.

All in all, spring is surely the best time to see Washington – and now is the time to start planning your trip.

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