Fall in DC is lovely. The summer crowds have disappeared, and the summer heat has dissipated. The city, itself, changes color. Students lucky enough to study English in Washington DC during the fall are in for a real treat.
As the leaves change to beautiful autumnal colors and the temperatures drop, it is the perfect time to get outdoors and explore your new city. Students attending language schools in DC should take every advantage of the fall season while they are abroad.
As they learn more about American culture, they will be delighted to experience it firsthand by going apple picking, cheering on the local sports teams, and drinking or eating anything pumpkin-spiced flavored.
In fact, there are so many fun things to do in the fall in DC for students that it may be overwhelming. Fortunately, students who study at the phenomenal Washington language school, inlingua, have no reason to worry. Inlingua puts together a daily student activities calendar designed to get students taking English courses in Washington DC out of the classroom and immersed in American culture.
To help you get started planning your fall activity itinerary as a student living in DC, we’ve got ten must-dos.
1. Photograph the Fall Foliage
Fall in DC is a beautiful time of year. As the leaves change color before they fall off the trees in winter, the whole DC landscape changes color. This is the perfect time of year to take Instagram-worthy photos around DC. Some of the best spots to see some local fall colors include the National Mall and the National Arboretum. Also, you should take time to visit Rock Creek Park where you will be surrounded by yellow, orange, and red.
2. Eat Your Way Around DC
DC has an incredible food scene, and fall is the perfect time to eat your way around the city. Since the temperatures are perfect, you can walk to restaurants and then walk off the calories after enjoying a delicious meal. Plus, as the nighttime temperatures drop, many of the DC restaurants offer fireplaces for guests to enjoy.
But, that’s not all! Fall is also when the popular Taste of DC festival takes place. This food festival in October allows you to sample food from tons of restaurants around the DC area. You pay a small price for each small plate. Additionally, there is also live music and adult beverages.
3. Enjoy Free Concerts
Students are always looking for fun things to do on a budget. Here’s just the thing – the National Gallery of Art hosts free concerts every Sunday night through the fall. The National Gallery of Art started this tradition during World War II and still allow guests to enjoy them today. Don’t forget – it is also free to visit the museum!
4. Visit All the Free Museums and Monuments
The Smithsonian museums in Washington DC are free all year-round making them perfect places to visit no matter the season. However, fall is a great time to walk around the National Mall and take photographs of the National Monuments. You won’t find better weather or prettier colors. Plus, students living in the US to learn English should take advantage of these free opportunities to learn about America.
5. Take a Haunted Tour of DC
Do you believe in ghosts or like to explore the supernatural? During the fall season, you can take your pick of haunted tours around the DC area. These tours take tourists around some of the capital’s most famous haunted locations. Even better – the DC by Foot Ghost Tours are free (though tips are appreciated).
6. Watch Live Sporting Events
Fall’s arrival also brings the arrival of multiple live sports events in the DC area. In addition to cheering on the Washington Redskins football team, sports fans can also attend sporting events at the Capitol One Arena which is home to the Washington Nationals (hockey team), Washington Wizards (basketball team), and the Washington Mystics (women’s basketball team).
7. Hit Up the Festival Scene
The fall weather is also the perfect time to enjoy of the many outdoor festivals. Students taking an English class in DC have their pick of the H Street Festival, the DC State Fair, the Adams Morgan Day Festival, and Taste of DC. Additionally, fall also brings Oktoberfest to town. Students can celebrate Oktoberfest at many different breweries around town. Those wanted to experience even more autumnal fun can venture to the Maryland Renaissance Festival.
8. Exercise and Ride a Bike
DC is a healthy city, and health-conscious students will love being able to exercise outdoors. For instance, since it is not too hot or too cold, fall is a great time to bike around the city using one of the city’s bike rental programs. This is also the perfect time of year to do some hiking in the nearby national parks.
9. Embrace All Things Pumpkin
Students will quickly discover fall means all things pumpkin in the United States. To truly embrace the season, you must try a something pumpkin-flavored such as pumpkin-spiced coffee, pumpkin pie, or pumpkin seeds. But, the fun doesn’t stop with just tasting pumpkin-flavored dishes. Pumpkin carving is a popular American tradition. Traditionally, pumpkins are carved, and candles are placed inside the carved pumpkins to illuminate their faces. Then, the pumpkins are placed outside on Halloween to greet trick-or-treaters.
10. Celebrate Halloween
The Halloween holiday is not just fun for little kids. You should expect plenty of adults enjoying some Halloween fun. Halloween is a night full of fun and fright with children and adults dressing up in costumes. While children go trick-or-treating in costumes to receive free candy, many adults go to Halloween events. Throughout the DC area, there are tons of Halloween festivities such as the family-friendly Boo at the Zoo, as well as adult options such as haunted houses or Nightmare on M Street.
If you want a truly immersive experience for learning English, you can’t choose a better time or place than Washington DC in the fall.
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