We spent a couple of hours in Washington DC a couple of weekends ago. In the late winter / early spring there are a couple differences I noticed from going to DC in the summer.

1. There are a lot less people – even on a warm day there just didn’t seem to be the number of tourists there are during the summer. This made parking so much easier! (Yes, there are still a lot of people, but that just DC).

 The water features on the National Mall were emptied - this is the first time I have seen the reflection pool and other water features emptied.

2. The water features are emptied – this is the first time I have seen the reflection pool and other water features emptied. I’m not sure if they do this every year – but I know that the reflection pool at least needed a good cleaning (it was green last summer).

We only explored a couple of the monuments this trip into DC!

Riding Bikes near the Washington Monument

 

Picture in front of the Washington monument

 

If you’re going to spend a nice “warm” day in February or March walking around the monuments here are a couple tips from our last visit –

  • Bring a Jacket even if it looks warm – When we were in DC it felt warm until the wind blew then we wished we would have all brought jackets.
  • Bring a water bottle – Seeing all the monuments can require a lot of walking so bring water – we left our water bottles in the car and seriously regretted it.
  • Take Pictures – With fewer people around the monuments it makes it easier to get some great pictures.
We had tons of fun exploring and re-exploring the monuments – now I just need to go back to see the cherry blossoms!