Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland: 4 Seasons of Scenery and Adventure

In the USA's Capital Region, which includes Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland, you’ll find a destination that is beautiful every season of the year. Here are some of Capital Region’s best seasonal activities.

Cherry blossoms frame the Jefferson Memorial in DC
Plan your Washington, DC trip to coincide with the annual cherry blossom bloom, and watch the city turn pink.
Windsurfing in Ocean City, Maryland, at sunset
Ocean City, Maryland offers beach, sun and water-sport fun.
Cycle down the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia for stunning views of the changing autumn leaves.
Skate around the Ice Rink at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, and marvel at the surrounding monuments and art installations.
Cherry blossoms frame the Jefferson Memorial in DC
Windsurfing in Ocean City, Maryland, at sunset

Cherry Blossoms in the Spring

Visitors and locals flock to the DC area in the spring to marvel at cherry trees in bloom. It’s a sublime experience to see nearly 4,000 pink and white trees bursting with flowers. The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival occurs in late March and early April and commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the city of Washington, DC. Time your visit to coincide with the dozens of events and performances that take place during the festival. Don’t miss a walking or cycling tour of the blossoms.

Surf, Sand and Sun in the Summer

If your vacation plans to the USA include summer fun on the beach, take a trip to Virginia Beach, Virginia, or Ocean City, Maryland. Virginia Beach attracts visitors with an exciting boardwalk and three beautiful beaches, each with its own ambiance. Ocean City is loaded with activities for all ages, and its award-winning boardwalk is an iconic attraction. Both destinations offer great restaurants, shopping and water sports.

Foliage in the Fall

As the days turn crisp and cool, the Capital Region takes on the honey-colored hues of fall foliage. Enjoy a leisurely hike at Rock Creek Park in DC, an urban National Park with 52 kilometers of hiking trails. Skyline Drive in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park and south to the Blue Ridge Parkway are two quintessential fall drives. An endless winding road ahead of you, fall leaves swirling all around – it’s a scene straight out of a movie. In Maryland, bike or hike the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath as the autumn colors are reflected on the waters of the Potomac River. 

Snow Sports in the Winter

Within a few hours’ drive of DC are many destinations for winter sports. At the mountain resorts of Virginia, you’ll find some of the best snow tubing, skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling in the region. Wisp Resort in Maryland has all of these activities, along with ice fishing, sleigh rides, snowshoeing and the thrilling Mountain Coaster – a self-navigated roller coaster-meets-sled ride that zips you down the mountain. Experience the magic of ice skating while surrounded by historic monuments and modern outdoor sculptures at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, located on the National Mall in the heart of Washington, DC.

For more winter activities indoors and out, read Winter Wonderland: Enjoy the Season in the Capital Region.

Getting Here: Just 42 kilometers west of Washington, DC, Washington Dulles International Airport is centrally located in the Capital Region USA and convenient to all destinations and activities across Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland. Nonstop flights to Washington Dulles International Airport from major destinations worldwide make getting here easy.

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