The 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival culminates this weekend with the official National Cherry Blossom parade. If you are taking the family to DC to join in the festivities, here are 10 Washington DC mobile apps that might make your trip a little easier.

Washington DC with Kids App | Mobile Apps for Visiting Washington DC from We3Travel.com1. Washington DC with Kids
Available for $3.99, DC With Kids was written by a long-time Washingtonian and offers everything your family will need to  discover the city’s top attractions, places to play and special experiences from sleepovers at museums to moonlight tours, spy missions, festivals and free attractions as well as find the best spots for burgers, cupcakes and pizza. The app aids parents by providing important planning tips and pinpointing exhibits best for young kids, grade schoolers and teens and enables you to create an itinerary that matches your family’s needs.


National Mall App | Mobile Apps for Visiting DC from We3Travel.com2. NPS National Mall
This free app from the National Park Service helps you explore 70 of the capitol’s most cherished culture and historical sites from the Lincoln Memorial to the White House. It offers a map with a “locate me” feature, Park Lens augmented reality feature to identify sites, walking directions from site to site, information about points of interest including essential visitor information, tours, events, and the ability to send digital postcards.



Smithsonian Mobile App | DC Mobile Apps from We3Travel.com3. Smithsonian Mobile
There are 19 Smithsonian museums and this free app helps you decide which ones you want to visit, what is on display, and necessary visitor information like hours, locations and floor plans. The app lets you tour collection highlights, watch videos, listen to podcasts and use augmented reality to discover the behind-the-scenes work of the Smithsonian’s museums, research centers, libraries, and archives.


Embark DC | DC Mobile Apps from We3Travel.com4. Embark DC
There are a number of DC Metro apps but the one I used was Embark DC Metro. I liked that it works offline so you can plan your trip even when between stations. It also offer the option to tap any station to see upcoming scheduled trains & a street map with Capital Bikeshare availability and service advisories.



Field Trip App | 10 DC Mobile Apps for visiting Washington DC from We3Travel.com5. Field Trip

Field Trip is a free app from Google that alerts you when you are near something worth seeing.  It runs in the background and  when you get close to something interesting, it will notify you and if you have a headset or bluetooth connected, it can even read the info to you. The hyperlocal history experts of Arcadia and Historvius will unveil local lore in places you never expected. Trend-setting publications like Thrillist, Food Network, Zagat, and Run Riot will point out the best places to eat and drink. Experts at Sunset, Cool Hunting, WeHeart, Inhabitat, and Remodelista will guide you to the latest unique stores and products. Atlas Obscura and Daily Secret help you uncover hidden gems no matter where you are. Songkick and Flavorpill guide you to local music.


History Here App | 10 Washington DC Mobile Apps from We3Travel.com6. History Here
I love traveling with this app because when the kids ask what the significance of a particular sight is, it is easy to look it up and explain what happened there and why it is important. This free app from the HISTORY channel, it is an interactive guide to thousands of historic locations with an easy-to-use interface, photos, video and dynamic maps bring history to life. It is simple and fun to get the facts on the history hidden all around you, including amazing architecture, museums, battlefields, monuments, famous homes and much more!


TripAdvisor City Guide App | 10 Washington DC Mobile Apps from We3Travel.com7. TripAdvisor City Guides
This free app from TripAdvisor lets you download offline city guides for hundreds of cities. It offers visitor information and thousands of user reviews for restaurants, attractions, and hotels. You can also create your own trip journal by checking in, taking a photo and adding a note for each location. The journal can then be shared with friends and family on Facebook or used to remember your trip. Once you have selected a restaurant or attraction, this app will guide you there using the fun & useful “Point Me There” screen, which uses the phone’s GPS and Compass.

Best Parking App | 10 Washington DC Mobile Apps via We3Travel.com8. Best Parking
If you are headed to DC during the Cherry Blossom Festival, or at nearly anytime, it is going to be crowded and finding parking might be a challenge. Best Parking is a free app to help you find the cheapest and most convenient parking facilities in 105 cities & 115 airports throughout North America. They claim to have the most accurate data of any parking application and backs up this claim by offering a $5 Starbucks eGift to any user who reports inaccurate information.



OpenTable Mobile App | 10 Washington DC Mobile Apps from We3Travel.com9. OpenTable
There are tons of mobile apps for finding a place to eat but I always go back to OpenTable because of the simplicity of making reservations and seeing what is available at any particular date and time. They have also added user reviews, menus, and Foodspotting photos so you can get a really good sense of whether or not the restaurant is a good fit for your family. Plus, you can earn reward points for every reservation you make.


I95 Exit Guide App | 10 Washington DC Mobile Apps from We3Travel10. I-95 Exit Guide
If you are driving to Washington DC, chances are you will be driving on Interstate 95. If so, this I-95 Exit Guide can come in handy to find which exits and rest areas offer the best facilities off the highway. Listings include food, lodging, gasoline, campgrounds, shopping, medical facilities, rest areas, welcome centers, attractions, and other traveler services. The easily scrollable exit listing format allows users to see all services for a particular exit at a glance.


So those are my top 10 mobile apps for visiting Washington DC. Do you have any I’m missing that I should download before my next trip?

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