WHAT Cherry Blossoms? These Pics Prove DC Is Utterly Gorgeous in Fall, Too

Cherry Blossom season isn't the only game in town -- autumn in D.C. can be downright stunning. Take a peek at previous years' images to see what we've got to look forward to when it comes to the sights at the monuments and other notable spots around town.

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: Tourist Jesus Ruiz (L), from Toluca, Mexico, takes a picture of his wife Claudia Ruiz, under two trees that are in full bloom near the Washington Monument on the National Mall on October 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. Foliage in the Washington area is nearing full peak with temperatures in the low 70's. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Bundle up in a flannel and some warm boots, and go play tourist in D.C. this fall! You're probably inundated with visiting relatives every! single! cherry blossom season! -- but when was the last time you took a monument stroll in autumn?
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Although the Washington Monument elevator is temporarily closed for the near future, you can still admire it, surrounded by brilliantly changing trees, from the ground.
Grab your bike or hoverboard and cruise along the Tidal Basin to take in the beautiful sights. Who needs cherry blossom season when you've got this? (Just kidding, cherry blossoms -- we eagerly await you next spring.)
The Korean War Veterans Memorial offers a solemn, haunting reminder of the human cost of war.
The U.S. Capitol grounds are just as pretty as anywhere else in D.C. Take a look on your way to Eastern Market or the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Explore the sweeping scope of the National World War II Memorial, where the reflecting pool will double the view of the fall leaves.
This statue at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located in a grove of trees. Visit to pay your respects to those lost, and contemplate on the lives of those who survived. These veterans are gazing toward the wall at the names of their fallen brothers.
Paddle-boating season is over, but you can still take a stroll or bike ride before it gets too chilly.
The trees along the Tidal Basin are just as pretty in fall as in spring -- but without the huge crowds of tourists. This is our season, D.C.!
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