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3 Days of Spring Adventures in Washington, DC

MLK Memorial across tidal basin cherry blossoms with a crowd of people

Celebrate Washington, DC in bloom with cherry blossoms and international adventures

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Day 1: The National Cherry Blossom Festival

Couple on Tidal Basin Paddleboats - National Cherry Blossom Festival - Washington, DC

Morning

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 to 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 Tidal Basin Welcome Area and its ANA Performance Stage. From March 17 - April 1, the temporary stage features local, national and international performances, and Park Rangers will be on-hand to answer any questions.

Afternoon

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 the Freer|Sackler Galleries, which showcase Asian culture through ancient artifacts, sculptures and paintings.

Evening

For dinner, make a reservation at The Source by Wolfgang Puck, featuring an Asian-inspired menu from the legendary chef.

Day 2: Continue Your International Adventures

 

Morning

Start the day with brunch at any of the many restaurants in Chinatown and then spend a few hours exploring this vibrant neighborhood. Look for the Friendship Archway at 7th and H Streets.

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Afternoon

Continue your international journey with Cultural Tourism DC's Passport DC. The annual celebration opens the doors to more than 50 of the city’s embassies and consulates, inviting visitors to experience the customs and culture of the many countries represented in the nation’s capital. This year, those two free opportunities fall on May 5 (the Around the World Embassy Tour) and May 12 (the European Union Open House).

Evening

Take Metro's Green line to Nationals Park for a Washington Nationals baseball game (here's the full schedule for the 2018 season). 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.

Your ultimate guide to the cherry blossoms and springtime in Washington, DC

Day 3: More Blossoms

National Arboretum

Morning

Spend the morning at the National Arboretum, which features its own gorgeous collection cherry blossom trees, as well as an extensive Asian Gardens collection and the National Bonsai collection.

Afternoon

Explore Rock Creek Park in the afternoon, which features more than four miles worth of trails that are ideal for walking, jogging or bicycling. The 1,800 acre oasis also offers horseback riding and a planetarium.

Evening

Take in a show at The Kennedy Center. There are numerous springtime performances at the famous performing arts venue, including free concerts at Millennium Stage every night at 6 p.m.

Looking for more ideas for your visit to Washington, DC? Explore even more adventures and itineraries here.

3 Days of Spring Adventures in Washington, DC