Washington Monument, Washington DC

Best Time to Visit Washington DC

Over 20 million people visit Washington, D.C., every year. Most of them between March and June, with a break in visitation during the notoriously hot and humid summer months of July and August. Travelers return to the city briefly in late September through October, before the city goes quiet in winter when visits drop to approximately half what other months see. Each season introduces different adventures in the Capital City. Spring is synonymous with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. In summer, hundreds of thousands celebrate the Fourth of July with a massive fireworks display on the National Mall. Fall delights with the spectacle of the 17th Street High Heel Race. Winter’s holiday festivals see the city decked out in strings of brightly colored lights and the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. No matter the season, be prepared for temperature swings – as the natives say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a day.”

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