Summer

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

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
DC on the Water: 12 Ways to Embrace Washington's Waterfronts

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 these DC waterfronts, with family friendly outdoor activities that include being both on or beside...

Kayaking on the Capitol Riverfront - Family Friendly and Waterfront Activities in Washington, DC
15 Things to Do on Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC

There’s no better place to spend Memorial Day weekend than Washington, DC. Memorials are our specialty, and the nation’s capital celebrates with unique and meaningful events and exhibits designed to recognize the selfless service of our active duty military and veterans.

Rolling Thunder Memorial Day Route over the Arlington Memorial Bridge
10 Reasons to Attend the DC Jazz Festival

One of America’s greatest art forms receives an annual summer showcase in DC. Many of the concerts are free, so no need to worry about costs piling up! For 10 more reasons why you should attend this wonderful celebration, read on. Also, make sure to visit dcjazzfest.org for full lineups, a schedule...

Performance at DC Jazz Festival - Summer Music Festival 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 beatified by public gardens, and so it is today. You’ll find scenic landscaping around the National Mall and the federal buildings in Washington, DC, along with dozens of gardens and parks within the nation’s capital. Here...

U.S. Botanic Garden on the National Mall - Free museum in Washington, DC
8 Reasons to Catch a Washington Nationals Game

The Washington Nationals , champions of the National League East in 2016, return to action with their Opening Day game against the Miami Marlins on April 3. Throughout the spring and summer, Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer and Trea Turner will look to propel the Nats toward their first World Series...

Washington Nationals - Things to Do This Spring and Summer in Washington, DC
16 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Washington, DC

The District celebrates the Fourth of July with a bang. Along with viewing the dynamic fireworks show on the National Mall , visitors can celebrate America’s birthday in dozens of venues and in a multitude of ways. Here is a list of entertaining places where revelers can experience the fun and...

Fourth of July Fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial - Things to Do Independence Day Weekend in Washington, DC
Outdoor Activities & Adventures in Washington, DC

Walk your way through DC and beyond With its ample sidewalks, abundant public parks and miles of panoramic trails, Washington, DC is an extremely exercise-friendly destination. Want to take advantage of all your fitness options? We suggest you start by exploring Rock Creek Park . The 2,000-acre...

#MyDCcool: Summer Sweepstakes

Enter to win our #MyDCcool: August Summer Getaway for a chance to win a weekend getaway to the nation’s capital for two including a hotel stay, dining experiences, tickets to local attractions and more. You can enter to win multiple times a day, every day! #MyDCcool: August Summer Getaway For more...

#MyDCcool Summer Sweepstakes: Visit Washington, DC This Summer!
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Summer in DC

There are plenty of exciting summertime recreation options in the District that won't dent your wallet. Read on to make the most out of your summer vacation in Washington, DC. And if you're looking for even more discounted fun this summer, get up to 40% off on popular paid attractions with the Go...

Family on National Mall near Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - Summer Vacation in Washington, DC