The Capital Region in Four Seasons

No matter the time of year, there is a wide assortment of ways to enjoy Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

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Go skiing at numerous resorts across the region including Massanutten in Virginia (shown here) and Wisp Resort in Maryland (Photo courtesy Sam Dean for Virginia Tourism Corporation)
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The Tidal Basin is one of the best places to view DC's famous cherry blossoms in bloom (Photo courtesy Washington.org)
Roddy Road Covered Bridge, Maryland
Take a driving tour of western Maryland in autumn to discover spectacular colours and seasonal festivals
Kings Dominion, roller coaster, Intimidator, Virginia, theme park
Celebrate summer at King's Dominion in Virginia
Ice skating in the sculpture garden at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC
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Cherry blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington, DC, paddleboats, spring, USA, Capital Region
Roddy Road Covered Bridge, Maryland
Kings Dominion, roller coaster, Intimidator, Virginia, theme park

Spring

One of the quintessential DC experiences occurs each year from late March to mid-April, as the Tidal Basin explodes with the pink blooms of cherry trees — a gift from Tokyo’s mayor in 1912. The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the occasion with free events, or book a tour to view the blossoms by land or water.

Witness a northern Maryland tradition that goes back 100-plus years during steeplechase races on select weekend dates in April and May. Riders on horseback make their way through courses at various venues, up and over a series of timber fences, whilst spectators cheer them on at tailgate picnics.

Dubbed “America’s Largest Open House,” Virginia’s Historic Garden week is a chance to see more than 250 gardens, homes and historic landmarks during peak springtime colour. Spanning the state, the eight-day event takes place 21–28 April, 2018.

Summer

Spend a sunny day getting your thrills at Kings Dominion theme park in Doswell, Virginia. From roller coasters to family rides and live shows to the Soak City water park, the fun is endless at this 400-acre attraction.

There are fireworks displays, and then there’s the National Mall Fourth of July Celebration — a dazzling spectacle in honour of US Independence Day. Other festivities like a parade and concert lead up to the big show, which launches over the Reflecting Pool and can be seen throughout DC and northern Virginia.

It wouldn’t be summer in Maryland without visitors and residents alike flocking to the coast in search of blue crabs — the prime bounty of Chesapeake Bay — especially in the height of crab season, June through August. Grab a mallet and dig in at one of many waterside seafood spots.

Autumn

As the days grow shorter and the leaves change colour, it can only mean one thing: Autumn has arrived. Embark on a driving tour around Oakland, Maryland, to see the spectacular fall foliage, or attend the five-day Autumn Glory Festival in mid-October.

Embrace the spirit of Halloween with a spooky walking excursion. Friday and Saturday evenings in October, Washington Walks in DC hosts The Most Haunted Houses tour. Hear stories about turbulent events, ghost-filled residences and other eerie happenings.

Numerous farms in Virginia transform into harvest-time playgrounds throughout the fall. Pick pumpkins and apples, explore corn mazes, take a hayride and more, from northern Virginia to the heart of Appalachia.

Winter

Glide amongst large-scale contemporary works of art in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, the site of an ice-skating rink from mid-November to mid-March. Then, warm up with a gourmet hot beverage at Co Co. Sala’s restaurant and chocolate boutique.

As humpback, fin and minke whales migrate to warmer waters, winter is an ideal time for a whale-watching expedition in Virginia Beach. Bring your camera and don’t miss the opportunity to spot these majestic creatures up-close.

Tucked away in the western- Maryland mountains is Wisp Resort, a golf resort that becomes a ski and snowboard haven in the winter, with beginner to expert slopes and a terrain park for all skill levels.

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