Bluebells in full bloom at Riverbend Park, Great Falls Virginia

Spring Bucket List: 30 Fun Outings in Virginia DC and Maryland

Our spring bucket list will inspire a whole season of fun outings for every age and ability in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. Whether you are active or relaxed, adults only or family focused, we’ve got ideas for you. Just click the links for details on each destination, and check them off as you go.

Spring Bucket List: Gardens and Wildflowers

Gardens come alive and spring ephemerals fill our fields and woods when we finally say farewell to winter. These 10 destinations fill with beautiful flowers in spring, whether planted in formal garden beds or spread by nature in parks and trails.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden tulips and Conservatory, Richmond Virginia

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden tulips and Conservatory, Richmond Virginia


  1. Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria Virginia
  2. Meadowlark Botanical Garden, Vienna Virginia
  3. River Farm, Alexandria Virginia
  4. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond Virginia
  5. Bluebells at Riverbend Regional Park, Great Falls Virginia
  6. Tulips at Burnside Farms, Haymarket Virginia
  7. Cherry Blossoms in Kenwood Maryland
  8. Cherry Blossoms at the Washington DC Tidal Basin
  9. Apple blossoms in Winchester Virginia
  10. Azaleas and magnolias at the National Arboretum, Washington DC
Bluebells at Riverbend Park Virginia Apr 11 2016

Bluebells at Riverbend Park Virginia

Paddle boat Cherry Blossoms Tidal Basin Washington DC

Paddle boat and cherry blossoms, Tidal Basin Washington DC

Spring Bucket List: Green Woodlands and Waterside Walks

There is nothing quite like the vibrant green of emerging foliage, and the rush of water filling rivers and runs after spring rains. Explore these local woods and parks to enjoy leafy trails, water views, and more of those spring wildflowers.

Spring trail Seneca Tract

Seneca Regional Park trail

  1. Seneca Regional Park Hike, Great Falls Virginia
  2. Great Falls Park River Trail McLean Virginia
  3. Difficult Run and Ridge Trail, McLean Virginia
  4. Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria Virginia
  5. Bull Run Occoquan Trail, Clifton Virginia
  6. Great Falls Tavern and Olmsted Island, Potomac Maryland
  7. Mason Neck State Park Bayview Trail, Lorton Virginia
  8. Theodore Roosevelt Island, Arlington Virginia
  9. Burke Lake, Burke Virginia
  10. Annapolis Waterfront, Annapolis Maryland
Potomac view from Cow Hoof Rock, Great Falls Park

Potomac view from River Trail, Great Falls Park

Bull Run - Occoquan Trail Clifton Virginia

Bull Run – Occoquan Trail Clifton Virginia

Spring Bucket List: Scenic Drives and Views

When the bare trees of winter are replaced with lush spring foliage, country roads and nature trails beckon travelers. Take your waterproof boots along, but don’t let spring rains and snow melt keep you away from local trails. The views you will enjoy make up for any mud you may encounter.

Skyline Drive Spring Shenandoah Views

Skyline Drive Spring Shenandoah Views

  1. George Washington Memorial Parkway, Virginia
  2. Snickersville Turnpike, Loudoun County Virginia
  3. Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
  4. Sugarloaf Mountain, Urbana Maryland
  5. Dirt Farm Brewing and Bluemont Vineyard, Bluemont Virginia
  6. Bear’s Den Overlook or Raven Rocks Hike, Bluemont Virginia
  7. Sky Meadows State Park Piedmont Overlook Trail, Delaplane Virginia
  8. Leesylvania State Park Pier and Freestone Point, Woodbridge Virginia
  9. Mary’s Rock Hike, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
  10. Capital Wheel, National Harbor Maryland
Sugarloaf Mountain view

Sugarloaf Mountain view

Capital Wheel at National Harbor

Capital Wheel at National Harbor


How many fun outings on our spring bucket list have you visited, and which will be on your to do list this year? We suggest picking at least a couple destinations from each category to fully experience the changes that spring brings to the mid-Atlantic region. If weather cooperates, this could be the year to tackle them all.

If you have a spring favorite to add to our list, please share your suggestion in the comments below. Happy exploring!

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