A Springtime Weekend in Washington, D.C.

posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 1:49:03 PM

While Washington, D.C. is an exciting place to visit any time of the year, there’s something special about seeing it in the spring. Maybe it’s the way you can wander from monument to monument without the heat, or maybe it’s the sense of hope and renewal you feel as you take in the hundreds of cherry blossom trees in full bloom. Whatever adventures sweep you off of your feet, experience them to the fullest when you book a Vacation by Marriott Washington, D.C. travel package. From car rentals and flights to hotel room accommodations, we’ll take care of it all so you can focus on your four days of fun in this spirited city. 

Day One: You touch down at Reagan National Airport around noon, grab your bags and head to your accommodations at JW Marriott Washington, D.C. This was the first-ever JW Marriott hotel, and it’s close to everything you’ll want to see and do. You settle into your room, then set out on foot along Pennsylvania Avenue to visit what’s perhaps the world’s most-famous residence — the White House. Less than 10 minutes later, you’re standing in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and snapping a few photos before taking a seat in Lafayette Square and admiring the scenery and five statues – four of foreign Revolutionary War heroes and one of President Andrew Jackson. You post some pictures to Instagram, then spend some time finding a nearby spot for a casual, early dinner. District Taco fits the bill, and you fuel up on a Burrito Mojado with black beans, rice, cheese and salsa. The short, downhill walk back to the hotel feels wonderful on a spring evening, with plenty to do and look forward to.                 

Day Two: Aside from the U.S. government, the city’s monuments and its many sights to see, perhaps the attraction for which Washington, D.C. is best known is its cherry blossom trees, which bloom once a year each spring.  You’ve timed your visit to coincide with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, which includes the National Cherry Blossom Festival parade. So this morning, you take a grandstand seat along Constitution Avenue and enjoy two hours of pageantry along with other visitors and thousands of locals. Massive helium balloons, giant, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrities and other performers make their way down the parade route. It’s all good fun, and a little later you set off toward the Tidal Basin to admire the beautiful pink blossoms on your way to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, which occupies arguably the most spectacular location of all of D.C.’s monuments. On your way back to the JW, you stop by the Washington Monument and begin to plan tomorrow’s explorations.    

Day Three: Today you’ve planned some sightseeing, and after breakfast you make your way to the nearest Big Bus stop. The buses are great – running continually around The Mall throughout the day, boasting open-air seating up top and easy hop-on, hop-off access. You spend some time visiting the Lincoln Memorial, sit on its steps to admire the huge reflecting pool, then make the short walk over to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Next, it’s off to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial —the city’s newest — and not too far to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Back on the bus, you head into Georgetown for lunch along the Potomac River at Sequoia (the crab salad is excellent!) and a bit of shopping before returning to the hotel to drop off your bags. After a brief rest, you board the bus again and eventually locate the National World War II Memorial before paying a visit to Arlington National Cemetery. What a day!

Day Four: Your flight home is in the evening, which leaves you with ample time for more exploration. The museums of the Smithsonian are national treasures, and you’ll be visiting two today. First up: The National Museum of Natural History, where you’re quickly captivated by the extensive collection of photos and videos, along with the plants, animals and documents on display. The African elephant exhibit tracks the evolution of the iconic species, and the tribute to America’s national parks on the second floor is inspiring. Next up – after a quick stop for lunch – is the National Air and Space Museum. Among the most popular of the Smithsonian’s institutions, the museum celebrates the innovation and bravery behind Americans taking flight – from the Wright Brothers to Apollo 11. Having the chance to touch a rock from the moon is a big highlight, as is America by Air, which tracks the history of commercial aviation. And speaking of aviation, it’s soon time to head to the airport after an amazing trip to the nation’s capital. 

While you hate to say goodbye, you know you’ll be back for more adventures thanks to the Washington, D.C. travel deals from Vacations by Marriott. Start planning today! 

 

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