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April 4, 2013

Springtime in Washington Promises Cherry Blossoms, Hotel Deals, Special Events

Peak Blossom Dates, April 6-9, Coincide with Fireworks, Parade, Hotel Availability

(Washington, DC) … With Washington, DC forecasters calling for clouds of pink around the Tidal Basin, springtime is the ideal time to visit the nation’s capital.

With peak cherry blossom dates expected April 6-9, the National Cherry Blossom Festival continues through April 14, Passport DC in May, and more than 20 Washington, DC hotels offering significant spring-inspired packages and deals throughout, getaways in Washington, DC are easily booked.

“With the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin blooming at the height of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the magic of springtime in Washington, DC is palpable,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC. “And with another ‘only in DC’ event in May, Passport DC, adds another significant way for visitors to experience our international flair by getting an inside look at many of DC’s 170 embassies and consulates.”

Washington, DC is known the world over as a must-experience destination. To ease the burden on families and to inspire weekend getaways, Destination DC, the official tourism and marketing office for the nation’s capital, offers packages from 22 dedicated hotel partners through May 31, 2013.  Hotel reservations can be secured online: Washington.org/spring and by phone: 1-877-44BLOOM (1-877-442-5666).

Among the hotels offering springtime packages:

Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters: Each booking includes American breakfasts for two; 50% discount on valet parking for one vehicle; two Cherry Blossom cocktails (or cherry Cokes); 15-25% discount in hotel restaurants; and an upgrade to a studio suite with kitchenette (based on availability).

Comfort Inn & Suites Near Union Station: One tote bag with cherry blossom fleece travel blanket, complimentary breakfast, free wifi.

Embassy Row Hotel: Continental breakfast for two; cherry blossom greeting cards and stamps; two one-day Metro passes; two cherry cordials; free wifi.

DC is rich with free cultural experiences and high energy sporting events throughout the year, and spring 2013 is no exception.  Highlights include the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival (April 6), the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (April 13), FilmFest DC (April 11-21), the embassy open house series Passport DC (throughout May). Among the stunning museum exhibitions:  “Pre-Raphaelites” retrospective at the National Gallery of Art (thru May 19), the landmark “Civil War” retrospective at the Library of Congress, and the newly completed elephant “community center” at the National Zoo. 

Sports fanatics can catch a DC United soccer match at RFK Stadium; a Washington Wizards basketball game at the Verizon Center in the heart of the Penn Quarter, and Washington Nationals baseball at Nationals Park along the buzzing southwest waterfront.

 

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About Destination DC:  Destination DC, the lead destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of more than 850 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities. Destinationdc.com.