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Best time to visit DC?

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Best time to visit DC?

Despite living not too far away I have never seen the Capitol; just always put it off in favor of another destination. But this year I've vowed to come.

However, not sure when the best time to come is.I would like to come during temperate weather for walking but have also heard many complaints about the heat in summer. Also want to avoid the most busy times like Cherry Blossom or school vacations.

What's the best month to visit if you had your choice?

Alexandria, Virginia
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1. Re: Best time to visit DC?

I think that Spring and Christmas are the best times to visit DC. Spring has beautiful flowering trees and bulbs but no extremely high temperatures. Christmas in DC has beautiful decorations, parties and fairly small crowds.

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2. Re: Best time to visit DC?

The problem with visiting in the spring is that it's too unpredictable. You can have lousy or delightful weather any time from early March through the end of April. October (plus or minus a couple of weeks) is far more reliably nice and this year you'll have the added benefit of Congress being away, so the town will smell better.

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Early to mid October would be lovely. Slight chance any of the summer heat will still be around and it won't be too cold just yet. The air is crisp for walking the rain shouldn't be a factor yet and the leaves should start turning colors a little.

It won't be busy schools are all in. There aren't any holidays in October except for Columbus Day and a lot of our local school districts don't get that day off and there aren't any events scheduled usually.

Alexandria, VA
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4. Re: Best time to visit DC?

Anytime from late september to early november gets my vote.

Of course this time period applies to the whole east coast, generally...

Arlington, VA
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5. Re: Best time to visit DC?

My two cents.... Late September to late October. The weather is generally really good to fantastic. It is one of my favorite times of year for weather. The other nice part about this time of year is school is in session and most schools are in class and not taking field trips.

Washington DC...
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6. Re: Best time to visit DC?

If you're choosing only one month, I vote for October as well.

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Well sounds like a consensus! I was thinking maybe May but will take your advice. Plus Oct is my birthday so a trip would be the thing.

Thanks. i'll be back to plan further.

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8. Re: Best time to visit DC?

I'm a little late, but I agree with the others about September and October. I love April and May as well... but you'll have to fight the crowds, especially if it's around the time the cherry blossoms are out.

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