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DC in May: What to know before you visit April 21, 2019

Interested in visiting DC in May? May is in between busy spring break season and busy summer break season. It is also post cherry blossoms. There aren’t a lot of families in DC in May there are a ton of teenagers coming on their eighth grade field trips. May has springlike weather but if you’re hoping to catch some of the late flowering cherry blossoms, unfortunately you’re too late.

May weather

Weather-wise May is the most reliably spring-like month of the entire year.  The average daily high in May is a very pleasant 76 degrees and the average daily low is 54 degrees. To pack for your trip, we recommend you bring a lightweight jacket that you can easily throw into a backpack or a purse. Do not forget to bring your umbrella as well. May in DC is actually our rainiest month on average.

May holidays and special events

There are a lot of fun and special events that you can check out in May in DC. They don’t last all month so if you’re in town when one of them is happening, make sure to take advantage!

Around the World Embassy Tour

The first two Saturdays in May are usually when the embassies around the world have their annual open houses. This event is called Around the World. You can wander around the street that we call Embassy Row and learn about different countries and different cultures.

The embassy open house is split up into two weekends: one for countries from Europe and the other for countries from the rest of the world. The ‘rest of the world’ weekend is usually less crowded. A bonus trip hack is that there’s a cluster of embassies up near the Van Ness Metro station. They tend to be a lot less crowded than the ones that are down on Embassy Row (Massachusetts Ave NW).  

DC Bike Ride

Over 20 miles of DC streets are closed to cars during the DC Bike Ride. You can bike through Georgetown, around the monuments and on Pennsylvania Avenue. Whether you’re a novice or cycling pro, this is a fun and unique event. If you don’t have a bike you can travel with, don’t worry, there are plenty available in DC to rent.  

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is the only government holiday in May. The purpose of Memorial Day is to honor those who died serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

For many years, Memorial Day weekend included the event called Rolling Thunder. Rolling Thunder is a meeting of veterans from around the country. They ride into DC on their Harley-Davidson motorcycles. However, this year is the last year for the Rolling Thunder. It also makes the experience on the National Mall a little bit different than on your typical weekend because of how many people are down there.

The Sunday before Memorial Day is when the National Memorial Day concert is broadcast live across the country and on PBS.  This takes place on the West Lawn of the US Capitol. A trip hack for this is to go to the full dress rehearsal on Saturday evening instead of the main event on Sunday evening.  It is the same show and the crowds will likely be smaller.

Other Non-Governmental Holidays

There are a few other non-governmental holidays in May worth noting.  May Day is on May 1st. Some people do use it as an opportunity for a rally a protest or another political event.  May the Fourth is Star Wars day. Don’t be surprised if you see someone walking around dressed up like Star Wars characters.  Cinco de Mayo is on May 5th so you may come across a party or two especially at one of our Mexican restaurants.

Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May.  The most important thing you need to know about Mother’s Day is that it is probably the busiest brunch day of the entire year. So, if you’re in DC and you want to go to brunch on Mother’s Day, make a reservation well in advance.  

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Metro from Airport: How to get to Downtown DC April 14, 2019

Reagan National Airport is one of the most convenient airports in the entire country. It is so close to the city that you can actually see famous Washington, DC landmarks like the Washington Monument and the Capitol dome from your seat on the plane. The airport’s location makes it easy and cheap to get into the city. If you are traveling to downtown Washington, a ride on Metro will get you there for under three dollars per person.

Step one: know your terminal

One of the most important things you need to know when you’re flying into this airport is which terminal your airline uses. Terminals B and C are very close to the Metro station and you can walk there from your plane in only a matter of minutes.  

Terminal A, on the other hand, is a bit of a hike. If you’re arriving through Terminal A, you can either walk down a long hallway to get back to the main part of the airport. Or you can ride on a free shuttle bus that will take you directly to the Metro station.  

What if you checked luggage?

If you checked luggage, then you are going to arrive into baggage claim. After you have your luggage, you need to find an escalator and go back up into National Hall. If you’re walking over from terminal A or you didn’t check any luggage then you can go straight into National Hall. This is the beautiful public space that you see in all of the famous photos. Once you are in National Hall, signs will point you down the hallway to the Metro area.

What to do once you get to the Metro station

Once you reach the Metro station, you will see the fare machines on the side of the station. If you’ve never ridden Metro before and you need to buy a SmarTrip card, you can do that at a machine. Look specifically for the orange and blue fare machines which dispense SmarTrip cards. Once you load your SmartTrip card with money, you can proceed through the fare gate.

The airport station uses a split platform

The airport Metro station is what’s called a split platform. This means that there are two separate sets of escalators. One set goes to the southbound trains; the other set goes to the northbound trains. If you go up the wrong one, you are going to be facing the wrong direction. Once you’re on the platform, you will see that you have a choice of two lines: yellow and blue. The one you should ride depends on where you are trying to go.

What line should you take to DC?

It depends exactly where you are staying. If your hotel is near the Foggy Bottom station then the blue line is the one that you want. If your hotel is near the Gallery Place station, then the yellow line is the one that you want. To get to a station that’s served by both, like L’Enfant Plaza, the yellow line is much faster than the blue line because yellow makes fewer stops in between. If you’re unsure, take a look at the Metro map or ask a Metro employee if you need extra help!

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Weather in Washington DC: What to Expect April 7, 2019

Every visitor wants to know: what to expect of the weather in Washington, DC. We have four seasons but only a few perfect days sprinkled about throughout the year. In the summer it is hot and humid. In the winter, it is cold and sometimes it even snows. Fall and spring tend to have the most pleasant weather in Washington, DC.

One way to quantify the weather in Washington, DC is using the “daily digit” which is published by the meteorologists in the Washington Post. Every day of the year they publish a score on a 0 to 10 scale rating how nice the weather in Washington, DC is that day. It is a somewhat subjective way of quantifying the weather but we think their scores are pretty accurate.

An analysis of the daily digit found an average score of 6.02. This means that on a completely typical day the weather in Washington, DC is neither great nor terrible. The months with the highest average daily digit are April, May, September and October . The months with the lowest digits are in December, January and July.

Summer

If you’re visiting DC during June, July and August, come prepared for heat and high humidity. The humidity is a really big deal, especially if you’re coming from a climate where you don’t have it. For example, a forecast might show a high of 85 degrees, which doesn’t seem so bad. However, when you get to DC the humidity might feel like the mid to high 90s. 

In the summer, sunscreen and water are a must. Bring a good water bottle with you, something that you can refill throughout the day. You also want to pack a small umbrella, even if your favorite weather app only predicts a small chance of rain. There is a always chance of evening thunderstorms in summer.

Winter

The thing about winters in DC is that yeah they are cold but they are not bitterly cold. That said, we do occasionally get a big extended cold snap. In 2018 it was so cold for so many days in a row that the Potomac and Anacostia rivers both froze over. So, if you come during the winter pack a coat hat and gloves and plan for some indoor activities. However, don’t think that outdoor activities are completely out of the question.  

Spring

Every spring, there are some beautiful days. But, it can also be unpredictable, especially the month of March. March can sometimes swing from beautiful and spring-like to cold and winter-like in a matter of hours. May tends to have the most consistently spring-like weather.

Cherry blossom bloom is heavily dependent on the weather. Colder weather in Washington, DC during February and early March means a later bloom. Warmer weather during those periods means an earlier bloom. The Washington, DC cherry blossoms are notoriously difficult to time.

Fall

If you can swing a fall trip, the weather in Washington, DC is still warm, but the humidity is starting to wind down. This makes fall a lot more pleasant than the summer months. One thing to keep in mind is that Washington DC is not a beach town but we’re only about a hundred miles from the Atlantic Ocean so a hurricane or a tropical storm near the coast is always a possibility here.

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Uber and Lyft Tips in Washington DC March 31, 2019

Uber and Lyft are a fine way of getting around DC. However, they are not always the best way of getting from place to place. We’ve noticed a recent trend of people becoming overly reliant on these apps. Historically Uber and Lyft offered dirt cheap rides. Now that they are both publicly traded companies that is starting to change. If you decide to use Uber and Lyft during your trip, here are some of our favorite tips to make it a little easier.

Uber and Lyft in Washington, DC have tons of options

In 2012, Uber was a luxury car service. Back then, you chose between either a town car or a black SUV. That’s it! The drivers were professional licensed limo drivers. Uber X was born once Lyft launched. Lyft and Uber X were the exact opposite of the original Uber service. They had regular people driving regular cars at rock bottom prices. Now, Lyft and Uber X are available in almost every city in the US and around the world.

Make sure you know what kind of service you need before requesting your ride.

  • Uber Black – the original town car service
  • Uber SUV – the original luxury SUV service
  • Uber X – regular people driving regular cars
  • Uber XL – regular people driving minivans or large SUVs
  • Uber Pool – an Uber X ride shared with strangers

There are also options if you need a child’s car seat or an accessible vehicle. These vehicles are in much shorter supply and it can take longer to get one. Lyft offers many of the same services with slightly different names.

Tip: pick an easy spot to meet your driver

The truth is, a lot of drivers in DC don’t really know the city very well. Many of them live far away in Maryland and Virginia and drive into the city to make money. As a visitor, you may not know the city very well either.

When you request your ride, try to place yourself near an easy to identify landmark or business. If the driver can’t find you (and they often can not) you can always call and tell them what business to drive toward.

Tip: Avoid Uber and Lyft during rush hour

Trying to get anywhere during Washington, DC rush hour can take significantly longer than mid-day. However, sometimes it is hard to avoid riding during rush hour. A ride that might take you 15 to 20 minutes mid-day could take up to an hour during rush hour.

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Washington DC In April: Tips For Your Visit March 24, 2019

April is one of the busiest months of the entire year for tourism. Early April is usually when we get the perfect storm of cherry blossoms in bloom and school spring break. The weekend of peak cherry blossom bloom is always the busiest and most crowded weekend of the entire year on the National Mall and Tidal Basin. April is also right in the middle of 8th grade field trip season so be aware that when you’re visiting you’re going to share the sites with a lot of teenagers. Here is what else to expect when you visit in Washington DC in April.

Cherry blossoms

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing by April and there are several signature events and smaller events that are worth checking out. These include the parade, kite festival, and fireworks display. The most important thing you need to know about the cherry blossoms is that they are notoriously difficult to time. Do not try to plan your trip around seeing the peak bloom. Instead, just to come to enjoy spring and be pleasantly surprised if you do see the blossoms.  

Washington DC April weather

April is when we start to get pretty reliable spring weather. However, there is always a chance of a cold snap or a mini heatwave. The average daily high is 67 degrees and the average daily low is 44 degrees. It is actually a pretty tough month of the year for planning outdoor activities because temperature swings can happen throughout the day.  

The key to packing for April is to think in terms of layers. You would not want to bring your winter coat during April. But, you might want to bring some sweatshirts and light jackets that you can layer up depending on the temperature. The day before you leave for your DC trip, check the forecast for the next few days to see what the temperatures might be like; that way you can decide how many sweatshirts and jackets you might want to bring. You should probably plan to pack an umbrella, regardless of what the forecast says. Rain is not uncommon in Washington DC in April.

April holidays

There are no government holidays during April. There are a few unofficial ones to keep an eye on. April Fool’s Day is on April 1st – try not to get pranked! Tax day is on the 15th. Patriots Day is on the third Monday of April. Earth Day is on the 22nd. There are no official events for any of these holidays but people do occasionally use them for rallies, protests and other political events. So, when you’re down on the National Mall, you might find some people trying to get your attention about some issue or cause depending on the calendar.  

We could also potentially have religious holidays such as Passover, Good Friday and Easter. However, as a visitor, unless you’re specifically looking for a religious event, you’re probably not going to notice much happening for these holidays.

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Six Spots to See Cherry Blossoms in DC March 10, 2019

If you visit in March or April you want to make sure to see the cherry blossom in DC if they are in bloom! The cool thing is that there are many different varieties of blossoms. Some of them bloom early and some a bit later. So, even if you don’t see make it to DC when they are at their peak, you still might get a great taste of spring.

1. Tidal Basin

The Tidal Basin is the location of the world-famous Washington DC cherry blossoms. In addition to the Jefferson, FDR, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorials, there is a really cool spot called the Japanese Lantern. It is a stone lantern that’s over 400 years old. and has a twin in Tokyo. So, if you are a world traveler you can see the one in DCand then go try to find the one in Japan.

The Tidal Basin is by far the most crowded place to see the blossoms. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go, but it’s something to be aware of. If you can make it to the Tidal Basin at sunrise you can avoid some of the heaviest crowds.

2. East Potomac Park

The East Potomac Park is the huge park located to the south and east of the Tidal Basin. There are a ton of cherry trees of all different varieties. The cool thing about East Potomac Park is that even though it is adjacent to the Tidal Basin, most tourists stay to the beaten bath and don’t come here. It’s definitely a hidden gem!

3. Washington Monument

The grounds of the Washington Monument are a great place to see cherry blossoms. There are a few different concentrations of trees near the monument. One is near the lodge on the east side. Another place is a patch of trees to the north, between the monument in between the White House. The Washington Monument is also the spot where they host the annual Cherry Blossom Kite Festival.

4. National Arboretum

This is a fairly off-the-beaten-path spot. But, if you go you will be rewarded with much smaller crowds than on the Tidal Basin.It’s not really Metro accessible, so to get there you’ll have to take a taxi or an Uber. The trees at the National Arboretum tend to peak at a little bit different than the ones on the Tidal Basin so if you’re too early or too late for those you might have better luck here. Plus there are many varieties of flowering trees and plants beyond the cherry blossoms.

5. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

This is the largest Roman Catholic Church in the country and one of the largest in the entire world. There are cherry trees on the grounds of the Basilica so you can get great photos with trees in the foreground and amazing architecture in the background. It is located in the Brookland neighborhood and is very easy to get to on the Metro.

6. Anywhere!

There are cherry blossoms all over the city and the suburbs. If you ask a local where the best spot to see cherry blossoms in DC, they might say “whichever tree is closest to my house!” The point is that there are so many beautiful flowers everywhere that you don’t have to travel to see them.

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Add this Cherry Blossoms Bike Ride in DC to Your Travel Bucket List March 3, 2019

A bike ride around East Potomac Park is one of the best ways to experience the DC cherry blossoms. Most Washington, DC visitors see the blossoms on the Tidal Basin and near the Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, and MLK Memorial. But that’s not the only place to see them!

Washington, DC cherry blossoms bike ride

If you’re physically able, grab a bike and ride it around East Potomac Park! There is a one-way street called Ohio Drive that makes a big loop along the entire park. It only takes about 15-20 minutes to ride the loop. Of course, you’ll probably want to stop along the way and enjoy the view! This is definitely an experience for your travel bucket list.

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DC in March: What to know before you visit February 17, 2019

March is when tourism in DC really kicks in to high gear. The first part of the month is relatively quiet. However, the second half of the month is extremely busy. Learn a little bit about what Washington, DC in March is like so you can set the right expectations for your trip.

Important things to know about visiting DC in March

The National Cherry Blossom festival starts on March 20th, the first day of spring, and runs through mid-April. One thing to know about the cherry blossoms is that they are very difficult to time. Don’t try to plan your trip around them. Plan your trip around the Cherry Blossom Festival events. If you see them, think of it as a special bonus.

Mid-March is when 8th grade field trip season begins. Expect to see see a lot of teenagers on class trips. Spring break is also when a lot of families with kids take advantage of the time-off and come visit DC.

DC in March Weather

Remember, winter does not officially end until March 20th. There are some days in March where the weather is warm and springlike. There are other days when it dips below freezing. Sometimes, it even snows. The daily high is 56 degrees. The daily low is 35 degrees.

Packing for DC in March

When you pack for a trip, be sure to check the weather the day before you depart. If it is going to be cold make sure bring your winter coat and winter gear. If it is going to be a little nicer, then the key is layers. You can start with a sweatshirt, then add a lightweight jacket. A hat and gloves may not be a bad idea. March is the most variable month of the year. It’s also one of the windiest months.

March holidays and events

There are no government holidays during March. However, there are a few unofficial holidays.  

Saint Patrick’s Day is March 17th. The Embassy of Ireland usually has a celebration. However, it is not as celebrated like it is in Boston or Chicago. There may also be a few religious holidays such as Passover, Good Friday, and Easter. These dates vary each year. You may not notice these holidays unless you are seeking a religious event.

March is also the start of race and marathon season. You can also find charity runs and walks almost every Saturday and Sunday morning in the spring.  March is a great month for indoor and outdoor activities. Some of the ice skating rinks will stay open through early March. March is also the last month of the NBA and NHL season before the playoffs. Also, it is also the first month of the major league soccer season.

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School Trips in DC: What Visitors Need to Know February 10, 2019

Participating in one of the multi-day school trips in DC is a right-of passage for many 8th graders across the U.S. If you are not visiting with one of these groups but coming to DC between mid-March and mid-June, these are a few things you need to know.

What is school field trip season?

School trips in DC are a huge part of the local tourism industry. Most schools send eighth grade class trips. This is why you will also occasionally hear referred to as “eighth grade field trip season”. Eighth grade is usually the class that gets to come to DC because it’s a final reward before the kids head off to high school.

Trip Hacks DC offers tours specifically designed for school groups. We have led tours with students in fifth grade all the way up to 12th grade. Our tours are best for small schools who don’t pay for an all-inclusive package. For large schools, these services might make more sense.

When is school field trip season?

School group trips in DC typically happen at one of two times during the year. The big one is in the spring, roughly from mid-March through mid-June. There is also a secondary field trip season in the fall roughly from early October through Thanksgiving.

If you’re trying to avoid field trip season the months you want to consider for your trip are: December, January, and February in the winter, and July, August, and September in the summer. Most schools choose to come in the spring because it’s an end-of-the-school-year reward. Plus, the students get to spend all school year learning about social studies and history and then they get to come to DC and see things up close.

Fall field trip season is much less busy since most schools don’t want to do the trip at the beginning of the school year.

How will field trip season impact your trip?

The most important thing to know is that school groups travel together in large packs. So, if you are visiting the memorials, there might be four groups of 50 students or more at once. This can really change the feel of some of the sites, particularly smaller memorials like the Vietnam and Korean War memorials.

School groups are only in DC for a limited amount of time. They need to maximize that time as best as possible. That means that during the day they’re going to be at the sites that are only open from 10 to 5. This includes the museums and the other indoor sites. Then, after dinner, they are going to head out and tour the monuments and memorials. This is because there are not a lot of evening activities you can do with big groups of teenagers.  

The bottom line is that if you’re visiting during spring field trip season you’re going to be sharing those monuments and sites with a lot of other people.

Where do field trip groups eat?

As far as restaurants go, school trips groups in DC tend to stick to a limited number of places. For lunch they go to food courts. The food courts at Union Station, L’Enfant Plaza, the Reagan Building, and Pentagon City Mall are all popular choices. Food courts are ideal for school groups because they’re cheap and they give the students a lot of different choices. For dinner, they go to the inexpensive restaurants that can accommodate groups. This includes places such as the Hard Rock Cafe, Buca di Beppo, Carmine’s, and similar chain places.

Where do school groups stay?

School groups usually stay at suburban hotels because they travel on charter buses. Thus they do not need to be near Metro. Suburban hotels usually offer group rates to schools. Although, you will occasionally see school groups staying downtown, especially if they’re a small group who doesn’t have a charter bus. So if you plan to stay at a downtown hotel and eat at mostly local restaurants, you are probably not going to bump into too many of these groups at those places.

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DC in February: What to know before you visit January 27, 2019

February is the slowest month of the year in DC. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad month to visit! Capitalize on the small crowds at the museums and other big sites by visiting Washington, DC in February.

DC in February Weather

February is the second coldest month of the year. The average daily high is 47 degrees and average daily low is 27 degrees. However, this is an average, which means it could very well be warmer or colder when you visit. February is also the second snowiest month in DC, on average.

Packing for DC in February

You should bring a coat and a hat. Gloves can be a good idea too. You can also bring boots if you are a boot person. You should always remember that you are going to do a lot of walking so make sure your footwear is comfortable, no matter exactly what it looks like.

February holidays and events

There is one government holiday during February: President’s Day. This can be a great time for a weekend trip if you have the day off work or your kids have the day off school. There are not that many special events during President’s day weekend. However, you could visit the presidential memorials and historic sites.

Valentine’s Day is not a government holiday but it is very popular. If you come to DC in February and Valentine’s Day overlaps with your trip, skip the fancy restaurants. On Valentine’s Day, many of them switch over to a fixed price menu that’s often more expensive and lower quality than the regular menu. That’s because food is often cooked in bulk. If you do want to celebrate a nice Valentine’s meal, you can go the day before or the day after to order off the regular menu.

Important things to know about visiting DC in February

February is the month when there are the fewest number of tours operating. Many tour companies close for the winter and don’t re-open until March. That said, you can do a self-guided tour of the monuments on the National Mall or seek out a tour company that operates year round.

Also, you can go ice skating at one of the rinks around town. Most visitors prefer the ice skating rink on the National Mall. However, there is also rinks in Georgetown, the Navy Yard and the Wharf. The Wharf is actually a pretty cool place to see during the winter months. There are open fire pits where you can stop and cook s’mores over an open flame. There are also coffee and dessert places where you can stop for a hot beverage and a sugar break.

Even though outdoor activities are perfectly plausible, a lot of people may want to focus on indoor activities. You can tour the Capitol, the Library of Congress and the U.S. Botanic Gardens.

February is also African American History Month. Make sure to check out the special events spanning the Smithsonian, the National Archives, and other institutions.

You can also see a play at the Kennedy Center or an NBA game or a NHL game. You can check out one of the shows at the smaller theaters around town. For last minute tickets, you should use the website Goldstar. This might even save you a little money.

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