Whether bundled up on a breezy March morning or snuggled beside the fireplace, these are the best spots to beat winter fatigue in D.C. From outdoor picnics to scenic views, there’s something for everyone to enjoy outdoors.
Enjoy the City with a Walking Tour As the weather warms, you can take a stroll through D.C.’s notable cultural sites. A free tour awaits at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center. Admire the center’s seven theatres and the marbled grand foyer glimmering with a crystal chandelier. Dining and shopping at the center make for the perfect end to an active day about town. 2700 F St. NW, 202.467.4600, kennedy-center.org
The Gardens at Cathedral Heights As the springtime weather approaches, the 59-acre grounds surrounding the National Cathedral are practically begging for frolicking. Meticulous gardens, lush lawns and manicured grounds transform this space into the perfect place for an early spring picnic. 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.537.6200, cathedral.org
Admire Outdoor History and Monuments at the National Mall D.C.’s various outdoor monuments and historical structures are a sight to admire and stroll through. For art aficionados, the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden awaits just around the corner along with the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. 900 Ohio Dr. SW, 202.426.6841, washington.org
Embrace Outdoor Dining Warm weather invites the opportunity to wine-and-dine outdoors once again. Try one of Union Market’s dining experiences such as Hi-Lawn At The Rooftop, where safe, outdoor dining meets stunning 360-degree city views. 1309 5th St. NE, 301.347.3998, unionmarketdc.com
SunsetCruise Views A luxury cruise along the Potomac River awaits as an escape from the icy city. A cocktail or glass of wine accompanies views of Roosevelt Island, the Lincoln Memorial and the Kennedy Center, to name a few. The beginning of spring is a perfect time to book a cruise and see D.C.’s world-class cherry blossoms. 3050 K St. NW, 301.460.7447, capitolrivercruises.com
ARTECHOUSE D.C. ARTECHOUSE is D.C.’s spot for both fine arts and innovative technology. Signature tours include the blue monochromatic Crystalline experience or the center’s newest exhibit, “Renewal 2021,” which debuts on March 15. 1238 Maryland Ave. SW, dc.artechouse.com
Bike and Hike on the C&O Canal Trail Make a dent in this 185-mile trail this spring. Lace-up those biking shoes and enjoy views all the way from Georgetown to Cumberland, or hike the path’s trails. Located aside from the Potomac, you can enjoy the best of both worlds by catching a sunset cruise at the end of the day. 29th St. at Rock Creek Pky., bikewashington.org/canal