Published On: Wed, Apr 10th, 2019

Summer Travel Guide To Washington DC

The sunny days are getting close, and there is no other better vacation spot than Washington DC. But wait, what are you going to do there? Where are you going to go? How are you going to get there? Well, we are going to break down some of the things you should know. Here are things you can do in Washington DC in the summer.

  1. The Memorial Day Weekend Celebrations: one of the best places to be during summer is the Memorial Weekend Day Celebration in Washington DC. One thing DC is known for is the way they celebrate this event as unique as possible as they recognize the sacrifices of the military and veterans of the nation. This is the biggest Memorial Day parade in the United States.
  2. Fireworks: another thing Washington DC is known for is the 4th of July fireworks and the holiday concerts that follow. The fireworks after the parade create a sight like never before.
  3. The Ballpark: if you have not seen the Major League Baseball team of DC, then this is your chance. The Washington Nationals play their home games here at Nationals Park at Capitol Riverfront. This state of the art ballpark has a view that would leave you in awe. The fans are friendly, and there are lots of places to eat. You can even get the local brews from some of the restaurants here. The interesting thing is that during the fourth inning, there is the popular Presidents Race that features a lot of giant-headed commander in chief-lookalikes. These guys run their way to victory – or even cheat their way to victory.
  4. Independence Day: there is nothing better than being at the capital of your city on Independence Day if you are a true patriot. There is a huge parade that you would love to witness, even international travelers would love to see it. The parade takes place in the morning at Constitution Avenue. You can stake out at the national mall or somewhere across the Potomac River a bit close to the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington. These spots are one of the best places to view the fireworks. Just ensure you are there before 9:00 pm because that is when you are going to start. The blue, red and white backdrop of the rocket just makes things more monumental that you feel it is!

Before we move on, we must discuss something very crucial that international travelers would find interesting. For travelers that are in countries that are under the Visa Waiver Program, the best bet for you to get into the city of Washington DC is by getting an ESTA form. This form doesn’t take long to fill, and in 5 minutes you’d be done. Once you fill in the necessary information, you should make sure you submit the form. To submit ESTA form properly, all you have to do is ensure that your internet connection is stable before clicking the submit icon. However, you can check if the form was submitted properly after submitting the form – we do not want a scenario that you won’t be allowed into the US due to issues with your form.

That being said, we hope all the international travelers learned something. Now let’s move on

  1. The Waterfronts: there are two rivers in DC; the Potomac and Anacostia, and a number of waterfronts in different neighborhoods. Once you get there, you would find a lot of things to do on and near the water. If water is not your thing, you can try out the riverfront restaurants that offer some nice delicacies.
  2. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival:  the annual summer cultural treat brings together musicians, crafters, artists, and cooks into the national mall for free. It is a fascinating festival that focuses on a lot of aspects of art. There are tons of family-friendly concerts and demonstrations that you can’t miss.
  3. Boat riding: there is nothing more refreshing than a boat ride through the great monuments of DC. You will be able to see some iconic structures like the Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Memorial. A ride in a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard would do the trick. You can choose to rent a boat at the Boatings in DC’s boathouses in Georgetown or the riverfront of the Capitol. You can go with a guide or take the tour on your own.
  4. The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens: this is the best place to spot the wildlife of the great city of Washington DC. Here you would see the aquatic life, water lilies, and wildflowers that you would not see in just any place. All you need to do is walk through walkways and pathways to get there.