Springtime in the DC area is your official invitation from Mama Nature to stop and smell the...everything (with tearful apologies to allergy sufferers). With so many trees and grounds in bloom, it can be hard to pick where to go first—and how to be get there before the crowds.
Here’s a quick list of my favorites:
- National Cherry Blossom Festival: Three weeks long to capture the bloom window, this year’s festival runs from 3/20 to 4/15. They’re expecting record crowds this year, so you’ll put the petal to your mettle if you go. And pack plenty of water!
- U.S. Botanic Garden is available—and blooming—all year round and perfect for rainy spring days.
- The U.S. National Arboretum Just 10 minutes from the Capitol lies 446 acres of perennial (and annual!) botanical wonders and is often outside the to-do lists of visiting tourists.
- Local Spring Festivals abound in Virginia, often a quick day trip from the status quo. Watch glass-blowers, paddle a canoe in a local river, and stroll through historic homes to celebrate this region’s favorite time of year.
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