7 Things to Do in Washington, D.C., This Spring (Beyond Cherry Blossom Season)

If our Instagram feed is to be believed, there are two activities to do in Washington, D.C., in spring: Marvel at the pastel blooms that line the waterfront during National Cherry Blossom Festival and explore the Smithsonian's 17 free attractions. Having returned from two weekend trips to the nation's capital recently, I realize that's just the start—and if your itinerary only includes the classic tourist spots, you're missing out.

A raft of new openings are making Washington, D.C., one of the most exciting U.S. cities to visit this year. At the center, is the new District Wharf, a hub of buzzy restaurants, cafés, and boutiques with waterfront views. An ideal day-trip destination for locals or a place to stay for visitors—the InterContinental boasts unrivaled suite and rooftop views—it's quickly becoming the place to eat, drink, shop, and stay in the nation's capital. Pack your bags and add these seven things to your Washington, D.C., itinerary. Trust us: You've never seen the city like this before.