Top 10 – Spring in Washington, DC

Now that winter is over, I am excited for Spring and eager to share my 2016 list of The Top 10 of Spring – Washington, DC . This list is in descending order, and while 2 through 10 may not be in accordance with your personal order, I believe that almost everyone will agree with #1.

10• Celebrate Planet Earth – Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22. Worldwide events, including many in the DC area, are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  To learn more visit http://www.earthday.org.  For specific events visit http://bit.ly/1HllmPW

9• Waterfront Dining – DC has an abundance of great waterfront views. Why not take advantage of the warmer weather and enjoy your favorite meal or beverage outside. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/1MmCO4Q

8• Annapolis, Middleburg, Skyline Drive and more – Spring is a great time for a road trip!

There are many places to visit within an hour or so drive of DC. Whether it’s the quaint towns of Middleburg and Annapolis http://www.annapolis.org/ or the hiking trails and spectacular views of Skyline Drive http://1.usa.gov/1CW1kHI

In between Middleburg and Skyline Drive sits The Plains, VA, home to the famed Gold Cup races on May 7th.  https://www.vagoldcup.com/

Going an hour north up 95 or 295 leads you to Baltimore and the Inner Harbor http://bit.ly/PXBKhD.  You can also go visit the Orioles and beautiful Camden Yards http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/bal/ballpark/

7• Spring Festivals – Go out and enjoy the great weather with a plethora of spring festivals.

For connoisseurs of adult beverages: DC Craft Beer Festival April 16, 2016 http://abt.cm/1wujeuF and the Mt. Vernon Wine Festival. http://abt.cm/1Be5V48

For art lovers:  Bethesda Fine Arts Festival May 14-15 http://abt.cm/1Vco6Vi and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.  Reston Town Center May 20-22. http://abt.cm/1Z0m6Q1

For Jazz aficionados: DC Jazz Festival, June 10-19. Enjoy more than 100 jazz performances at concert venues and clubs throughout Washington, DC: http://abt.cm/1ROafz2

For a kid-friendly events: The Blossom Kite Festival, (previously the Smithsonian Kite Festival) http://abt.cm/1I53rdB

6Sea and Air shows: Do you dream of setting sail on the open sea?  If so, head to  the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, April 22-24 http://bit.ly/1Eysd4s

If you have ever dreamed of being “Top Gun”, then you should go see the Blue Angels Air Show, May 25th. Annapolis, MD http://abt.cm/1Z4KdNB

5• Rolling Thunder: Get your motor running. The world’s largest single-day motorcycle event, with over a million riders and spectators combined, is held every Memorial weekend, in Washington, DC.  You don’t need to be a bad to the bone Harley dude to enjoy Rolling Thunder, just bring  your camera and perhaps some ear plugs.

Enjoy the sights and sounds on Sunday, May 29th. http://rollingthunderrun.com

4• Great Falls and assorted hiking trails – In city adorned by brilliant man-made monuments, we may forget the wonder 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://bit.ly/1QXTns0. For more hiking trails http://dc.about.com/od/hiking/a/BestHiking.htm

3• National Zoo – Everyone knows that bears hibernate for winter, but come spring there is no place better to see lions, tigers, bears, and of course pandas, than at the National Zoo. Admission is free (parking extra) and Metro accessible. http://nationalzoo.si.edu/

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2• Washington Nationals baseball – After a very long absence, professional baseball returned to DC in 2005.  A decade later, Bryce Harper won the team’s first National League MVP award. Expectations are high again, for the Nats this year. Opening Day is April 7th. Check out the schedule and get your tickets. Play Ball! http://atmlb.com/1RAxlge

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1• Cherry Blossoms – Our list comes to conclusion with the obvious #1 Best of Spring for Washington, DC. Every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists descend on the Tidal Basin to revel in the beauty of Cherry Blossom trees and enjoy the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Because of the fickle weather the National Park Service often changes the forecast for peak bloom. Be sure to check http://cherryblossomwatch.com/peak-bloom-forecast/ for the latest forecast.

They don’t last long, so make a plan to see the Cherry Blossoms before they are all gone!

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Information and photos are courtesy of Steve Strauss, 4Staff,LLC Washington, DC 202-347-1044.

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