Summer

See how Washington, DC does summer vacation and plan the best trip ever.

8 Exciting Summer Activities in the Capital Region

Extend an epic DC getaway by exploring nearby Maryland and Virginia in the Capital Region. Not far from DC you’ll find beaches, wine country and more incredible shopping options. We've put together a few top ideas for your consideration to extend your stay and make your last family vacation this...

Historic Old Town Alexandria - Places to Eat, Shop and Drink in Virginia Near Washington, DC
8 Summer Food & Drink Trends to Try Right Now in Washington, DC

DC is the place to be if you crave unique foodie experiences. From Union Market to weekend farmers’ markets and mouthwatering dishes served by celebrity chefs , check out the latest food crazes to hit the city.

Boozy adult juice box from Nationals Park - The best summer food and drink trends in Washington, DC
12 Inspiring Public Parks & Gardens in Washington, DC

Pierre L’Enfant, DC’s first urban planner, designed “The Federal City” to be beautified by public gardens, and so it is today. You’ll find scenic landscaping around the National Mall and natural beauty in Rock Creek Park, along with dozens of gardens and parks within the nation’s capital. Here is a...

U.S. Botanic Garden on the National Mall - Free museum in Washington, DC
17 Fabulous Things to Do This Summer in Washington, DC

Sunny days, loads of free things to do and a cultural scene that doesn’t go on summer vacation make Washington, DC a cool place to be in hotter months. Check out the National Mall, where free festivals and museums lure, catch exciting baseball action at Nationals Park or make a splash at the...

Visitors at the Lincoln Memorial - Free Things to Do in Washington, DC
3 Days of Summer Fun in Washington, DC

Morning Start your day with breakfast at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel , where Martin Luther King, Jr. completed his "I Have a Dream" speech. It’s a short walk from the Willard to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial , the newest landmark on the National Mall . Once you're down there, visi...

H Street NE Neighborhood - Atlas Performing Arts Center & H Street Country Club - Washington, DC
20+ Ways to Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Washington, DC

We’re taking the work out of making your Labor Day weekend plans. Close out your summer in Washington, DC with the best activities, events and things to do. Here are more than 20 ways to make the trip a memorable one, from waterfront activities and interactive museum exhibits for the whole family...

Family boating on the Potomac River near the Kennedy Center - The best activities and things to do in Washington, DC
11 Things to Do This Holiday Weekend in Washington, DC

Check out our end-of-the-week picks and discover all of the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, concerts and more happening in the nation’s capital. Friday Cooking Up History: Ethiopian Culinary Cultures in Washington, DC Cooking Up History is the National Museum of American History’s free...

Anacostia River Festival - Washington, DC
11 Can't-Miss Summer Festivals & Events in Washington, DC

Washington, DC never lacks for can't-miss events and warm-weather festivals. In fact, there are so many amazing choices that it can be tough to figure out which to attend. No worries – we’ve got you covered with some of the season’s biggest festivals perfect for having the best summer ever. Off we...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall - Family Friendly Summer Festival in Washington, DC
DC On the Water: 12 Waterfront Activities & Things to Do in Washington, DC

The District’s two rivers, the Potomac and the Anacostia, shine brightly once the warm weather of spring and summer settles on the city. Fortunately for visitors, there are plenty of ways to explore Washington, DC’s waterfronts , with family-friendly outdoor recreation that include being both on...

Kayaking on the Capitol Riverfront - Family Friendly and Waterfront Activities in Washington, DC
11 Great Running Trails & Jogging Routes in Washington, DC

When Pierre Charles L’Enfant laid out the city plans for the nation's capital, he included wide avenues, public squares and grand buildings. The District is also mostly flat and home to many trees, rivers, creeks and canals, making the city a runner’s dream. It's time to pound the pavement on these...

Best running trails and places to jog in Washington, DC - Man running in front of Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall