For the shopaholic, check out the Shops at Georgetown Park: once a colonial tobacco warehouse, it now houses shops such as H&M, Sisley, and Intermix. There are also lots of small, independent boutiques that are perfect for discovering unique items. If you’re up for a small drive, head into Virginia to visit Tyson’s Corner Center, the area’s largest mall.
Spring is the perfect time to visit DC –the famous cherry blossoms (there are over 4000!), down by the White House, are at their peak bloom. The National Cherry Blossom Festival lasts between March 20 and April 27.
History buffs will obviously have plenty to do. The Smithsonian and National Archives (which house the Declaration of Independence and Constitution) are obvious stops; there’s also Arlington Cemetery and Arlington House, and the International Spy Museum, which is the rare DC historical attraction that costs money but is more than worth your $20.
Finally, for a taste of DC, there are tons of food tours that run in the area, including ones in Georgetown, Old Town Alexandria, and Annapolis (though, again, a little drive away). Alexandria also houses a beautiful farmers’ market.