Beyond the Cherry Blossom Festival: 4 spring things to do this spring in Washington, DC
For three weeks each year, Washington, DC is awash in the delicately fragrant cherry blossoms that line the city’s streets. Commemorating the gift of 3,000 cherry trees given to the city of Washington, DC from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo in 1912, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival draws visitors from around the globe. Concerts, festivals, parties and of course the famous Cherry Blossom Parade are the highlights of the Cherry Blossom Festival. But savvy sightseers know that there’s more to this cosmopolitan capital. Read on for how to make the most of your time this March and April in Washington, DC.
Tour the Smithsonian Museums
Comprised of 19 museums, including the National Zoological Park, the Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex. Admission is free to most of the museums and galleries. Of particular interest to visitors is the National Air and Space Museum, with its vast collection of aircraft and rockets (including the 1903 Wright Flyer and an Apollo 11 command module) and the National Museum of Natural History (which boasts the stunning Hope Diamond and more than 126 million items in the enormous collection). No matter your interests, the Smithsonian Institution is sure to inspire.
Pay tribute at Washington, DC’s monuments and memorials
This historic city is home to many of the country’s most iconic monuments, including The Lincoln Memorial, The Washington Monument, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial and the Pentagon Memorial. Each holds and significant and poignant place in Washington, DC’s history, of of course, are all fascinating to behold. Here’s a fun fact: did you know that at the time it was completed in 1884, the Washington Memorial was the tallest structure in the world? If you travel with us on our sightseeing tour of Washington, DC, you will stay at an ideally located downtown hotel, within walking distance of The National Mall.
Admire masterpieces at an art museum
Whether your taste in art is modern or classical, there is an art museum in Washington, DC for you to explore. At the National Gallery of Art, more than 141,000 drawings, paintings and videos await your discovery, including works by Monet, Modigliani and Degas. The Phillips Collection is home to some of the world’s most impressive modern art, carefully curated and constantly evolving. Admire works by Renoir, Bonnard and O’Keeffe and van Gogh at this unique must-see museum.
Enjoy meals inspired by global cuisines, without ever leaving DC
Sure, Washington, DC is famous for museums, history and culture, but it’s also home to a thriving food scene that can satisfy any craving you may have. Near The National Mall, you’ll see many standbys (like burgers and your favourite franchised restaurants), but when you venture further, discover Mongolian, Indian, Thai and Middle Eastern cuisines. Chinatown’s bustling streets boast flavourful and fresh dishes or stay downtown and treat yourself at one of the city’s eclectic new restaurants. And whenever you need to stop and and enjoy a quiet coffee or tea, you’ll find a cafe right around the corner (it will be the perfect spot to write your postcards from!).
Join DeNureTours this April 13 on a 6-day sightseeing tour to Washington, DC, which includes reserved seats at the 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. To learn more about the tour or to book your seat our on our deluxe motorboach, call us at 1-800-668-6859 or your local travel agent. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with news about our Washington, DC sightseeing tour.