Fall Things to do in Washington DC
Fall is a great time of year in the Washington, DC area. The weather is cool and comfortable and there are many fun things to do with the whole family. The Washington, DC area has great places to enjoy the outdoors.
Our top choices for hiking?
Rock River Park: Over 25 miles of trails stretching from Washington, DC to Montgomery, County Maryland. Hikers may pick up trail at Beach Drive, Meadowside Nature Center or Lake Needwood.
The Mount Vernon Trail: The Mount Vernon Trail runs parallel to the George Washington Memorial Parkway and follows the west bank of the Potomac River from Theodore Roosevelt Island to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. The paved multi-use recreation trail is nearly 18 miles long and is a favorite of area cyclists and runners. The trail offers wonderful views of the Potomac River and Washington DC’s famous landmarks.
Fall in Washington DC isn’t always about hiking or biking, fall is a great season for festivals in the Washington, DC area.
Our top Choices?
The National Book Festival: The National Book Festival, an annual event held each September on the National Mall in Washington, DC, is a celebration of the joy of books and reading is sponsored by the Library of Congress and gives attendees the opportunity to visit with more than 100 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets who will talk about and sign their books. National Book Festival Pavilions are set up for Fiction & Mystery, History & Biography, Children & Teens, Poetry, Home & Family, Urban Fiction and Graphic Novels. Dates and Times: September 22-23, 2012, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5:30 p.m.
Taste of DC: Taste of DC is a premier food festival in Washington DC featuring tastings from more than 50 of DC’s best restaurants and a Beer Garden with more than 30 local, national and international brews. The 2012 event has a Farm-to-Fork Zone, a Family Zone with interactive games and entertainment, and demonstrations from local chefs cooking up their favorite recipes. Live entertainment will be performed on the Main Stage with local and national headlining acts, as well as the 2nd Annual Ben’s Chili Bowl’s World Chili Eating Championship featuring Joey “Jaws” Chestnut. Dates and Times: October 6-8, 2012, 12-7 p.m.
Fall is a great time to visit Washington, D.C. Hotel rates are down as much as half, and the summer humidity has disappeared, along with the crowds. Another plus: There’s probably no city with more free attractions — more than 30 of the city’s 50-plus museums are free.
Our top choices?
Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History: Even a kid who professes to hate museums has got to find something compelling at one of the Smithsonian museums. How about a 70 million year old dinosaur egg along with the Orkin Insect Zoo where they can climb inside the replica of a termite mound.
Air and Space Museum: Your kids can touch a piece of the moon at the Air and Space Museum, where you can look up and see the history of flight hanging above you — the Wright Brother’s airplane, Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, the plane Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in.
Sure the Smithsonian museums can be overwhelming. But since they’re free, visit and take a break out on the National Mall, or come back another day.