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3 Days of Spring Adventures in Washington, DC
Celebrate Washington, DC in bloom with the cherry blossoms, go around the world in one day and more with this DC springtime itinerary.For more cherry blossoms, exciting sports action and outdoor fun check out our ultimate guide to spring in DC.
Day 1: The National Cherry Blossom Festival
Start with a leisurely stroll around the National Mall's Tidal Basin to see the world-famous cherry blossoms. With more than 3,000 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 National Cherry Blossom 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 and memorials. 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.
Day 2: Continue Your International Adventures
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.
In the afternoon, take Metro's green line to Nationals Park for a Washington Nationals baseball game. Enjoy a snack from local vendors 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 nearby on the Capitol Riverfront.
Day 3: Blossoms & More
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.
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