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3 Days of Spring Adventures in Washington, DC
Celebrate Washington, DC in bloom with cherry blossoms and international adventuresFor 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 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.
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.
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
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).
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.
Day 3: More Blossoms
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.
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.
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.
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