Take a stroll along the Tidal Basin in the spring to catch a glimpse of the Jefferson Memorial and the iconic Cherry Blossom trees

courtesy: Destination DC

In a matter of days the cherry blossoms will bloom, transforming Washington, DC into a pink, picturesque scene welcoming springtime travelers. The National Park Service estimates 2017’s peak bloom to be March 14-17.

Destination DC, the city’s marketing office, is primed to help visitors with travel-planning tools on washington.org which includes itineraries, maps and an events calendar.

Destination DC’s social channels sparkle with up-to-the-minute recommendations and breathtaking pictures from travelers and locals.

Characterized by eye-catching riverside jazz concerts, mesmerizing displays of Japanese pop-art and car-free streets to enjoy safe bike rides – no matter the budget, DC is easy to fall into step with  — and difficult to leave.

Amtrak.com has an on-going offer that is available for Cherry Blossom season and beyond, with 25 percent off train fares when booking 14 days in advance. The $49 fares, between NY and Washington D.C., for instance, are very limited and will show up already reduced in the “saver” column.

Some free spring events in DC include:

  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 15 – April 16)

  • DC Jazz Festival (June 9-18)

  • The Blossom Kite Festival (April 1); the parade (April 8) and the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival (April 15)

  • Passport DC: The festive celebration of international culture includes the only-in-DC embassy open houses: Around the World Embassy Tour (May 6) and EU Embassy Open House (May 13)

  • DC Bike Ride (May 14): Riders of all levels are welcome to pedal 20 miles of closed-road cycling across the grandest avenues in the nation’s capital

  • Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy (ongoing): The 100th anniversary of President Kennedy’s birth will include world premieres by Yo-Yo Ma and the National Symphony Orchestra  (May 24) and the Washington Ballet debut of “Frontier” by Ethan Stiefel (May 25-27)


Must-see exhibitions:

• Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden/Thru May 14

• Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Flair

The Textile Museum/March 18-July 24.

• Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I

Library of Congress/April 4-Jan. 31, 2018

• Frédérick Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism

National Gallery of Art/April 9-July 9

• Spectacular: Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens/June 10-Jan. 1, 2018

For more information, check out washington.org  to help plan your DC adventure this spring.