What is the best time to visit Washington D.C.?

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When the city’s flower boxes and front yards overflow with tulips, daffodils and daisies, and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, Washington, D.C. has a distinct feel apart from any other big city. The cherry blossom trees originated as a gift in 1912 from the Japan to the United States as gesture of goodwill, and today, there are about 3,750 trees around the Tidal Basin and on Washington Monument grounds. Spring weather usually hits the upper 60s and low 70s, with lots of sunshine and low humidity, making for a pleasant atmosphere around many of the outdoor monuments.

Summer months bring millions tourists, since kids are out of school and parents are drawn to the myriad of free activities available in the nation’s capital. But if you want to see Congress in action, you’ll have to wait; Congress usually recesses for much of August and into September, giving staffers the opportunity to work in their home-state offices. In addition, summer can also be oppressively hot: June, July and August 2010 saw 52 days reach 90 F or above. We somehow doubt you’ll want to roast around all that marble and limestone in monuments, so try to get your trip in before the heat sets in.

One of the best reasons to visit Washington D.C., in the spring is the Cherry Blossom Festival.

I like when the cherry blossoms are out. It’s pretty cool.

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