5 Reasons Montgomery County is the Best Place to Travel this Spring
Spring is in the air and we’ve got you covered on all the things you must see and do in Montgomery County! You might be wondering where Montgomery County is, or which Montgomery County we’re talking about. There are actually 18 Montgomery counties in the USA! But, the best Montgomery County to visit this Spring is in Maryland and is located North of Washington, D.C.
Here’s everything you absolutely need to do near Washington, D.C. this Spring!
1. Cherry Blossoms
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of Washington, DC’s largest public events of the year, drawing about 100,000 spectators from around the world. The festivities kick off in March and end with a waterfront fireworks festival in April. There are plenty of events for you to enjoy throughout the festival season.
However, for those who don’t feel like visiting D.C. during this crowded season, you can enjoy the pretty cotton candy blossoms in Kenwood. Kenwood is a wealthy suburban neighborhood just across the District line. Twelve hundred cherry trees line the streets of this neighborhood. FYI – The first cherry trees in this development were planted in the 1920’s, by now, some of the original trees are now more than 90 years old.
2. Festival Season Begins
Yes, there are more festivals to check out in Montgomery County in the Spring. In March, you can celebrate the luck of the Irish at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at the RIO Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg. AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring will be featuring two film festivals: the African Film Festival and the Environmental Film Festival. The Music Center at Strathmore will showcase Drumline Live, KODO (traditional Japanese drum line) and more.
In April, check out the Sugarloaf Craft Festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds for a variety of crafts from blown glass and sculpture to fine art and designer clothing. Or visit a select group of accomplished craftsmen at their own studios during the Countryside Artisan Tour. Celebrate the diversity of modern literature at the Bethesda Literary Festival and don’t miss the local favorite Bunnyland Festival at Butlers Orchard!
3. Explore these popular hiking trails
Montgomery County has more than 100 miles of park trails. These are our favorites to get you that Instagram worthy shot.
Sugarloaf Mountain Summit
Sugarloaf Mountain is located in Dickerson, Maryland. The mountain offers a few trails to get to the summit. It is a moderately easy hike that can be done as a family hiking trip. The views from the top are spectacular because of the mountain’s prominence in the area.
Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls National Park
The Billy Goat Trail is a 4.7-mile hike that follows a path between the C&O Canal and the Potomac River. It is one of the most well known hikes in the Metro D.C. area. Some of it is fairly easy hopping from one rock to the the other while other sections require both hands as well. Get ready for some good climbing sections throughout the trail and enjoy great views along with the hike with a view of the Potomac River.
Tridelphia Lake Reservoir
The Tridelphia Resevoir is located on the Patuxent River near the town of Brookeville. This is a short hike compared to our other favorites but you can get some great sunset shots. Kayaking, canoeing and fishing is also permitted on designated areas of the reservoir.
4. Step Back in time and learn our history
Are you a history buff? Learn about American history in Maryland and celebrate History in the Parks this spring; opening celebrations will begin March 25 – April 30. Visit us during this time for free events including historic tours, children’s programming and more at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, the Underground Railroad Experience Trail, Agricultural History Farm Park, and Oakley Cabin. Featured events include a special night hike through the Underground Railroad and a dance workshop that explores African rhythms from West Africa, the Caribbean Islands, Europe, and North & South America.
Visit Heritage Montgomery and Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to learn more our local heritage sites. Heritage Montgomery | MHAA
5. Bellys Full & Bottoms Up
Montgomery County is populated with unique restaurants of every ethnic cuisine. For instance, in Rockville alone, you can savor Lebanese, Italian, Cuban, Greek, Tex-Mex and more! And we don’t mean chain-restaurants either. We’re talking authentic, family-owned restaurants. Whatever you’re in the mood for, we can bet you’ll be satisfied. Plus – this Spring be sure to visit our new Beer Farms! These farms brew their beer using crops grown on their land. They are committed to sustainability, incorporating local ingredients for brewing beer using the best practices possible. Click here to learn more about our breweries.