Washington DC By the Seasons

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    Explore the Nation's Capital By the Seasons

    Photo © Hisham Ibrahim/William Davies/Uschools University Images/Dennis Govon

    Washington DC offers a wide range of activities year-round, with each of the seasons offering something special. With the city’s Mid-Atlantic location, the weather is relatively mild and there are four distinct seasons that are generally equal in length. Winters may be cold and snowy and summers tend to be hot and humid. Spring and fall are comfortable months and ideal for sightseeing.  As locals often say “if you don’t like the weather, just wait and it will change.”

    Click through the following guide to learn about the highlights for each season in Washington DC.

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    Winter in Washington DC

    Winter in Washington DC. Photo © Miller Taylor

    Washington DC’s winter weather is variable. January and February are the coldest months, with average temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Winter is also the quietest and least crowded season, making it a great time to visit the museums, enjoy live entertainment, or try some outdoor ice skating. You can enjoy Winter Restaurant Week, a Valentine's getaway, the Chinese New Year and St. Patrick's Day Parades.

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    Washington DC Event Calendars: January | February | March

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    Spring in Washington DC

    Spring in Washington DC. Photo © National Cherry Blossom Festival

    As the weather warms, it's the perfect time of year to visit the National Mall and the monuments and memorials. The spring season kicks off with The National Cherry Blossom Festival, attracting around a million visitors to the Tidal Basin to see the famed cherry trees. Guided tours are especially popular and offer a variety of ways to enjoy the city’s top attractions. Memorial Day weekend is very busy with special events, concerts, and parades honoring American patriots. Other big events include the White House Easter Egg Roll, Earth Day and Passport DC.

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    Washington DC Event Calendars: April | May | June

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    Summer in Washington DC

    Summer in Washington DC. Photo © Miller Taylor

    While school is out, summer is a popular time for families and groups to visit the nation’s capital. There are many free concerts and outdoor movies throughout the season. Washington DC is the most patriotic place in America to celebrate the Fourth of July, with a full day of programming that begins with the Independence Day Parade and ends with fireworks over the Washington Monument. Other great summer events include the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Citi Open Tennis Classic, and Adams Morgan Day.

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    Washington DC Event Calendars: July | August | September

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    Fall in Washington DC

    Fall in Washington DC. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The fall season is one of the best times to explore the city on foot and enjoy a wide range of activities. As the leaves begin to change, Washington DC becomes a wonderful place to enjoy fall foliage, outdoor recreation, and Halloween events. The holidays are magical and offer dozens of special holiday happenings for the whole the family. The President lights the National Christmas Tree and shares a message of peace for the world.

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    Washington DC Event Calendars: October | November | December