Spring Break Spots

By Riley Mumaw

Looking for some activities to do during spring break? Restaurants? Hiking trails? Festivals? Museums? If so, we found many local outdoor and indoor experiences to include in your spring break itinerary!

Washington D.C.
Starting March 20th and ending April 17th, the Cherry Blossom Festival has arrived! The four week span is full of food, fun and culture! A quick car ride to see the beautiful blooming Japanese Cherry Blossoms is a great way to spend your day, but Washington D.C has so much more to offer. D.C is home to numerous historical places and monuments. We recommend visiting the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial.There are also countless historical museums, such as the Smithsonian American History Museum and National Portrait Gallery. Pretty much anything that interests you, will most likely have a museum in D.C.
While in D.C, you can also visit the Van Gogh Exhibition, “YOU FilmFest”, and the Japanese Street Festival. These are all interesting events that we highly recommend you check out.
We recommend the restaurant Founding Farmers, it is located less than a mile away from the White House and has delicious American food. The location is amazing and the food is some of the best in the area. These Washington DC activities are all welcoming and will be open during the break.

National Harbor
National Harbor is a beautiful place to visit during the time off. It offers many sightseeing activities including The Capital Wheel, which provides a magnificent view of the city. We recommend going on the wheel at night when the city is lit up. The carousel and the popular TopGolf are also located in the area. The Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor is also a beautiful hotel, home to beautiful views of the Potomac River with restaurants and cafes. If you visit the National Harbor, you can have a picnic on the boardwalk or small beach area. The location is beautiful and you can pick up lunch from the Potomac Marketplace, which has delicious options to choose from and has a great atmosphere. Once the day turns dark, the city begins “NightLights’ ‘ offering Muse Paint Bar, and over 40 restaurants, such as Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, Chipotle, and other more formal dining places. We recommend the restaurant, Rosa Mexicano in National Harbor, the food and views are both amazing.

Dining Experiences
Restaurants to make a trip to this spring break are endless. Joss Sushi provides outdoor seating on main street, in Downtown Annapolis. The restaurant offers great sushi, salad, and various other options. Downtown Annapolis is also a great way to spend your spring break; the town is full of many other delicious restaurants, unique shopping experience, and lots of rich history of the Annapolis area. Sofi’s Crepes, is another delicious spot in Downtown, offering a variety of sweet and savory freshly made crepes. Bean Rush Cafe, located in Annapolis, is another great option! This cafe is a perfect late breakfast or brunch spot and a great place to meet up with friends. Grumps is another great local breakfast and lunch diner, located in Bay Ridge, and neighbors Quiet Waters Park. Quiet Waters has many trails and outdoor activities are on the water and in the woods as well.

Outdoor Activities
Outdoor movies located on the Eastern shore offers a great place to watch films, eat, and spend time with family and friends. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday at 8:30pm movies are projected on a ginormous screen. While on the beach you have the options to watch the sunset, play cornhole, ladder ball, spikeball, and a large connect four.

Trails in Maryland are a great place to spend your time while getting exercise. Cascade Falls Loop Trail in Patapsco Valley State Park is a 2 mile long loop that leads you to a number of stunning waterfalls. Gunpowder Falls State Park is another beautiful trail, that includes 20 miles of walking trails, as well as kayaking and paddleboarding options! Their hours are 8am to 4pm, Mondays through Fridays, and they also have many historical sites to explore as well.

It is important to include that spring break is also a time to relax and recharge, so while going out and doing fun things, we also recommend you spend a day at home to relax, You can watch TV or movies, cook a new recipe, read, go outside for a walk, ride your bike, spring clean, or really anything you want. Balance is important!

Stay safe and have a fulfilling spring break!

Works cited:

  1. https://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org
  2. https://www.nationalharbor.com/things-to-do/nightlife/
  3. https://www.nationalharbor.com/things-to-do/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw8_qRBhCXARIsAE2AtRaqUG1T8YXP_tYK0Z0b0mddVPUg6bYgIgzIZCsX329nwXqKWnHQSS8aAqc3EALw_wcB
  4. https://www.theoutbound.com/maryland/hiking/hike-to-cascade-falls-patapsco-valley-state-park

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