Affordable Spring Day Trips in DC
April 24, 2019
Spring is the best time to enjoy all of the outdoor activities that DC has to offer. From seeing the cherry blossoms to strolling along the waterfront, there is so much to do as the weather warms up. These springtime excursions are just a short drive from your affordable apartment and don’t have to break the bank. Check out these affordable spring day trips in Washington, DC.
Have a Picnic
If there’s one thing D.C. has plenty of, it’s picturesque landscapes. A picnic is a great way to relax and take in the views of the District. A classic picnic spot is on the National Mall. Grab a blanket, some snacks, and find a nice spot in the sun amid the historic monuments. For a breathtaking view of the cherry blossoms, head to the Tidal Basin. When the cherry blossoms are blooming, you’re sure to get that perfect Instagram photo here.
Visit the Botanic Garden
For a colorful day, tour the U.S. Botanic Garden. The Botanical Garden features blooming flora all year long and has free admission. Exhibits include the Conservatory, National Garden, and Bartholdi Park which offer a wide range of plants and flowers to see.
Explore the White House Gardens
To view even more flowers, take the White House Gardens Tour that is offered for free every spring. The tour includes the Rose Garden, the White House Kitchen Garden, and the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, among others.
Celebrate Passport DC
Step into a dozen embassies for free during Passport DC. The Around the World Embassy Tour is on May 4 and you can visit any of the 50-plus foreign embassies participating. Take a shortcut to Europe without the jet lag on May 11 with the EU Open House. The open house features Spain, Ireland, France, Slovakia, and many more. Each day offers cultural activities, food, drinks, dance performances and art.
Have Fun on the Waterfront
The banks of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers are flourishing with outdoor activities. Check out the Recreation Pier at The Wharf to dine at a stylish restaurant, listen to some music, and take in the waterfront views from its lounge chairs or modern swings. Get out on the water with a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard at the Key Bridge Boathouse in Georgetown. Or rent a pedal or swan boat at the Tidal Basin for some picturesque views of the Jefferson Memorial and National Mall.
With so many fun options, it’s hard to choose what to do first! But with an affordable apartment nearby, you can make the most out of spring with these DC day trips!