Spring Break in Washington, DC

How to Get the Most Out of Your Spring Visit to the Nation's Capital

Cherry Blossoms Washington DC
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Spring break is a popular time to visit Washington, DC. Whether you live in the Washington, DC area or are coming from out of town, the city is bustling with fun activities for the whole family. It is a great time to get outdoors and see the city's historic landmarks and its famous cherry blossoms. Here are some resources to help you plan for a great spring break in the nation’s capital. Learn about a variety of things to do, places to stay and eat.


A Note About Crowds: Schools around the country take their spring breaks on different weeks. Maryland and Virginia schools schedule their vacations on different weeks which is really helpful in spreading out the crowds visiting popular destinations. The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs from late March through mid-April. The busiest times to visit are when the cherry trees are in peak bloom and Easter Weekend. If you want to avoid crowds, set out early in the morning, visit on a weekday and plan to seek out some of the lesser known attractions. 

Getting to Washington, DC

During holiday and vacation weeks, the best way to get into the city is to take public transportation. If you are planning to drive into town to visit the National Mall, see Parking Near the National Mall for some helpful tips. For directions to specific attractions and neighborhoods, see Washington, DC Maps.

Things to Do in Washington, DC and Around the Region

The nation’s capital is a great place to explore with the whole family.

Following are suggestions of the best museums, monuments, government buildings, national landmarks, special events, and much more.

Staying in Washington, DC

Looking to stay in the city during spring break? Here are a variety of resources for every taste and budget.

Places to Eat in Washington, DC

The Washington, DC area has a wide variety of restaurants ranging from formal dining, casual or family friendly restaurants and sports bars. Here are some suggestions:

Looking for childcare during the school vacation? See Spring Break Camps in Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.