Today, Washington D.C. is a beautiful city with fine dining and excellent art, theater, music, and entertainment that rivals the world's leading hot spots. It's a great place to visit year-round, with many wonderful seasonal attractions such as the famous cherry trees that blossom in the early spring or the candlelight tours of the White House during the winter holiday season. Many people come for the solemn and touching Memorial Day ceremonies at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery, for the fabulous fireworks display over the National Mall on the Fourth of July, or for the annual black family reunion weekend on the Mall the first weekend of September.
Before you go, do some research online. Even if you don't have a computer, most public libraries offer free Internet access and can help you take advantage of it. Once you are on the Internet, choose a search engine and search the words “Washington D.C.” This will bring hundreds of listings, everything from event calendars to sports listings.
Because the climate is relatively mild for three of the four seasons, there is never a bad time to visit the nation's capital, which means that it is a city that regularly receives and accommodates tourists. However, this also means that the many sites and attractions are often crowded, which can translate into long lines to get into popular sites or no entry at all.