Start with a leisurely stroll around the Tidal Basin to see the world-famous flowers. With more than 3,000 cherry blossoms in bloom, springtime in DC is truly a sight worth seeing. Be sure and include a stop at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, which features more than 180 cherry blossom trees.
The festival is about more than just the cherry trees though. The citywide festival creates a "City in Bloom" and features performances, exhibitions and entertainment across the city.
For example, check out the free daily entertainment at the Sylvan Theater by the Washington Monument. Throughout the festival, the temporary stage features local, national and international performances of singing, dancing, marching bands and martial arts demonstrations.
Rent a paddle boat and glide along the Tidal Basin for a different view of the blossoms and many of the monuments. Then head to one of the many museums hosting a related exhibition on Japanese culture. Past exhibitions have featured kimonos, blockbuster art and samurai weapons.
For dinner, make a reservation at The Source by Wolfgang Puck, featuring an Asian-inspired menu from legendary chef Wolfgang Puck.
In the afternoon, take Metro's green line to Nationals Park for a baseball game. Enjoy a sports snack from local vendors like Ben's Chili Bowl and root for Teddy Roosevelt (he never wins!) during the running of the presidents. For pre- and post-game entertainment, check out the bars and restaurants on Half Street.
Continue your international journey with Cultural Tourism DC's Passport DC. The annual event opens the doors to more than 50 of the city’s embassies and consulates, and invites visitors to experience the customs and culture of the many countries represented in the nation’s capital.
Spend the morning at the National Arboretum, which features even more cherry blossom trees, as well as an extensive Asian Gardens collection and the National Bonsai collection.
Head back to the National Mall for an evening tour of the monuments. The crowds are thinner at night and the moonlight monuments are truly a sight to see!