I grew up just three short hours north of Washington DC, and did not make nearly enough trips to the capital city. When I did head to DC, it was always during the same time of year, the spring. Seeing the cherry blossoms is absolutely an iconic experience, but traveling only in the spring limits the amount of things seen and done.

Many Washington DC hotels jack up the prices during the springtime, as they know there will be an influx of tourists. Same with the fall when the scorching summer temperatures drop and make exploring the city more pleasant. One of the benefits of traveling to DC in the summer or winter is that hotel prices are cheaper, and the city a bit less crowded.

That being said, there is something to do during every season in Washington DC.

Discover the 4 F’s of Fall

Hipmunk City Love, Washington DC

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There are four major things to enjoy in the Fall in Washington DC: football, festivals, feasts and foliage. It’s the ideal time to visit the city–the weather is pleasant, the crowds are not too big, and there is plenty going on!

There are many ways to get outside and enjoy the changing colors during the Fall in DC. Join or watch the Marine Corps Marathon, unleash your inner sports fanatic at a Redskins game, or take part in a free walking tour during Walktown DC. There are also tons of harvest festivals in the fall, like Taste DC.

Explore Indoors and Outdoors in the Winter

The winters in DC are pretty mild, though the city does tend to get pummeled with snow once in a while. This means exploring outside is not unpleasant! During the holidays, check out thousands of lights at the National Zoo, the National Christmas tree, and do some ice skating. If you prefer to stay indoors, use this time to check out all the famous and popular museums.

More than Cherry Blossoms in the Spring

Hipmunk City Love, Washington DC in the Spring

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Yes, the Cherry Blossoms are famous, and a beautiful perk to visiting DC in the spring, but there is a lot more to see and do during this season. If you travel during holidays, the White House hosts an Easter egg hunt (during Easter), various Earth Day Celebrations in April, and many events during Memorial Day.

For the cultural fiend, enjoy the Asian Heritage Festival in May. For the political and global aficionados, Passport DC is two weeks in May where embassies are open to the public. And for wine lovers, head to the Virginia Wine Festival.

It’s All About Festivals in the Summer

Intertwine your sightseeing with all the summer festivals, from food to cultural to arts. Food festivals are where it’s at, and nothing screams summer more than enjoying a cold beer and delicious food. There are many to choose from in DC including: the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival in June, American Beer Classic in July, and Crab and Beer Festival in August.

In July the city comes alive with over 145 performances during the Fringe Festival, and in June jazz fills the streets during the Jazz festival.

This post is part of the Hipmunk City Love Campaign.