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As synonymous as bluebonnets in Texas and tulips in the Netherlands, cherry blossoms signal springtime has arrived in Washington D.C. Travelers from across the globe come to visit Washington D.C. each spring for a glimpse at the fleeting cherry blossom season. Omni Hotels & Resorts has compiled our top five things to do while in D.C. this spring.

cherry blossoms
Photo by: @sothisgirl

1. Tidal Basin

Washington DC, USA in spring season.

Take a stroll along the Tidal Basin, a man-made basin built to power the tides of the Potomac River, to see spring in all its glory. The gorgeous cherry blossoms are on display while you take in the sights of the various monuments along the way. On a warm and sunny day, rent a paddleboat to glide through the water and explore the breathtaking sights.

2. National Cherry Blossom Festival

The Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin with cherry blossoms in full bloom.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is Washington, D.C.’s annual springtime celebration that celebrates the gift of the cherry blossom trees and their symbol of friendship between Japan and the United States. Time to be in conjunction with the blooming of the cherry blossoms, the city-wide celebration attracts local residents and visitors alike to the hundreds of events in partnership with more than 30 local organizations.

3. The National Mall and Memorial Parks

the Jefferson Memorial during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Washington, DC

Housed on over 1,000 acres of parkland, The National Mall and Memorial Parks (NAMA) is the site of great symols of the United States of America. These world-renowned sites include the Washington Monument, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, World War II Memorial and numerous other historic sites, memorials, and parks. The National Mall is the ideal place for any visitors looking to learn about America’s rich history.

4. Washington Nationals Game

baseball glove at baseball stadium

What says spring is here more than America’s favorite past-time? Visit Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball Team. Nationals Park is located in Southeast Washington. The DC Circulator costs $1 and arrives every 10 minutes, just steps from the hotel.

5. Georgetown

Key Bridge Potomac River Georgetown University Washington DC from Roosevelt Island. Completed in 1923 this is the oldest bridge in Washington DC.

Explore Georgetown in all its springtime glory. The historic neighborhood is filled with distinct establishments to spark anyone’s interest. From delightful cupcakes at the famous Georgetown Cupcake to getting active at the Georgetown Waterfront, there is something for everyone to do in Georgetown. While Georgetown is only minutes away from downtown, it will feel like miles away from the hustle and bustle of our nation’s capitol.

Where to Stay: Omni Shoreham Hotel

cherry blossoms at omni shoreham

With an ideal location, superb amenities and luxurious accommodations, Omni Shoreham Hotel is the perfect place to call home during your stay in Washington D.C. Omni Shoreham Hotel is just steps away from the National Zoo and a metro ride away from The National Mall and Memorial Park, Smithsonian and more. Explore all our nation’s capital has to offer, then retire to your luxurious room to recharge for the next day.