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How To Experience Spring in Washington, D.C.

Spring in Washington, D.C. is one of the most magical times of the year. With the weather warming and the cherry blossoms in bloom, it’s no wonder that visitors descend on our nation’s capital during this beautiful season. There’s so much to do during spring in D.C., and you’ll want to make the most of this time. Here are some of the best places to visit in Washington, D.C. in the spring, as well as where to see the world-famous cherry blossoms. 

Places to Visit in Washington, D.C. in the Spring

Washington, D.C. has no shortage of things to see and do, and these are made even better with stunning spring scenery and pleasantly warm weather. 

The National Mall

national mall

There’s no better time than spring to take a stroll through the National Mall. This massive park is home to historic American landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. There are also many notable museums in the area. 


georgetown row home

Georgetown is one of Washington, D.C.’s trendiest neighborhoods, and springtime is a great opportunity to explore it. Here you’ll find some of the most delicious restaurants in the city, as well as luxurious shops and stunning waterfront parks. This neighborhood was originally settled in the mid-18th century and is home to some of the oldest and most beautiful historic buildings in the city. 

National Botanic Garden

National Botanic Garden

100 Maryland Ave. SW

With so many flowers in bloom, spring is an ideal time to experience the United States Botanic Garden. Located just steps from the US Capitol Building, the gardens feature a wide range of rare flowers and plants, as well as a conservatory and butterfly garden. 

Nationals Baseball Game

Nationals Baseball Game

1500 Capitol St. SE

Baseball season starts at the end of March, so head to Nationals Park to relax and catch a game. The stadium is easily accessible by car or from the Metro green line. When the game’s over, head to the nearby Navy Yard district to enjoy some delicious food and exciting nightlife. 

National Zoo

National Zoo entrance

3001 Connecticut Ave. NW

The Smithsonian National Zoo houses thousands of animals and is a perfect spring attraction for both children and adults. The zoo is most well-known for its exhibit of rare giant pandas. The zoo also hosts fun seasonal events throughout the year, so keep an eye on their calendar.  

Spring Festivals in Washington, D.C.

There’s no shortage of spring festivals in Washington, D.C. to attend. Festivals are a great way to enjoy delicious local food, shopping and entertainment all in one place while celebrating the season. Here are some festivals to keep on your radar this season. 

National Cherry Blossom Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival - skyline of rosyln


The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most popular spring festivals in D.C. and attracts guests from all over the world. The festival takes place from March 18 to April 16, with events all over the city during this four-week period. One of the biggest highlights is the Festival Parade, which is held on Constitution Street on April 15th and features stunning floats and entertainment from across the country. 


Bloomaroo stage

The Wharf

760 Maine Ave. SW

Bloomaroo is a free festival celebrating the city’s beautiful cherry blossoms and spring weather. Held on April 1st, this fest promises plenty of live music and fireworks on the waterfront. Guests can also enjoy fun activities like karaoke, koi kite decorating, matcha tea tasting and more. There’s a beer garden and s’mores station onsite to quench your hunger and thirst. 

Filmfest DC

African-American couple at a movie


Movie buffs won’t want to miss Filmfest DC, which is held from April 19-30th at theaters around the city. The festival features 65 films from all over the world. Tickets for each film are sold separately, so be sure to plan ahead, so you don’t miss any must-sees. 

Project GLOW

Project GLOW stage

RFK Festival Grounds

2500 Independence Ave. SE

Dance your heart out at Project GLOW, a music festival held from April 29-30th featuring some of the world’s leading DJs and dance music artists. General admission tickets start at $155 for both days. 

Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C. 

Cherry blossom trees are a must-see during spring in Washington, D.C. In 1912, Japan gave cherry blossom trees to the US as a symbol of friendship. More than 100 years later, the trees still bloom every year. Many cherry blossom festivals and events feature Japanese food, traditions and culture as part of the celebrations. 

There are plenty of great places to see cherry blossoms during the spring in Washington, D.C. The trees typically bloom in the last week of March or the first week of April. 

Tidal Basin

Tidal Basin at sunset

16 E Basin Drive SW

The Tidal Basin is one of the most popular places to see and photograph cherry blossoms. While exploring the basin, you’ll also see some of our nation’s most iconic monuments. While you’ll find cherry blossoms throughout the Tidal Basin, the Jefferson Memorial is one of the most iconic places to see them. 

National Arboretum

National Arboretum behind tree

3501 New York Ave. NE

Located in the northeast corner of the city, the National Arboretum contains several different varieties of cherry blossoms as well as other stunning spring blooms. The arboretum is easy to explore on foot, bike or car. 

Hains Point Loop

Hains Point Loop with cherry blossoms

2301 Ohio Drive SW

The Hains Point Loop is located near the Wharf in East Potomac Park. Not only will you see plenty of cherry blossoms here, but you’ll also get peaceful views of the surrounding Potomac River and the city skyline. 

Dumbarton Oaks

Dumbarton Oaks

1703 32nd St. NW

Located in Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks Park features stunning cherry blossom gardens in a secluded atmosphere. Note that you’ll need to reserve a day pass for $7 in order to visit. 

Enjoy Spring in D.C. with The Hotel at The University of Maryland

If you’re planning a trip to Washington, D.C. this spring, book your stay with The Hotel at The University of Maryland. Conveniently located in the College Park area, this hotel is perfect for enjoying everything the DMV area has to offer. With luxurious amenities like a pool, spa and plenty of on-site dining, you’ll never want to leave. Explore our accommodations today


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