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Experience the Beauty of Spring Cherry Blossom

in Washington, DC

Destination DC (DDC), the official destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, offers ways to experience the beauty of spring in Washington, DC, including renowned cherry blossoms, outdoor experiences, new hotels, attractions, dining and virtual and in-person events. For the latest information, including COVID-19 visitor protocols and safety measures, visit the newly redesignedwashington.org. Visitors may also order the free spring Official Visitors Guide available March 18.   

“Destination DC is ready to support potential visitors and locals as they explore different ways to enjoy spring in Washington, DC, with safety in mind,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO, DDC. “No matter what reopening phase DC is in, there’s always a way to support local businesses in line with current regulations, and we have the latest on spring deals, dining, DC experiences, hotel offers and more on the newly redesignedwashington.org.”   

March 2021 marks the first anniversary of the COVID-19 crisis, and DC’s tourism industry remains severely challenged. From March 2020 through January 2021, visitor spending was down 69%, or $5.3 billion, compared to the same period one year earlier, according to Tourism Economics. This also translates into a loss of more than $400 million in tax revenue for Washington, DC. DDC continues to provide ideas tostay local and support DC’s strained businesses this spring. 

National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20 – April 11)

 blossom-themed packages, deals and discounts BloomCam Virtual Opening Ceremony Pink Tie Party Blossom Kite Fly National Cherry Blossom Festival Celebration Show

  • Local restaurants create spring-inspired dishes and DC-area hotels offer .
  • Blossom viewing sites include the Tidal Basin as well as the Gardens of Dumbarton Oaks, U.S. National Arboretum, East Potomac Park and The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
  • Virtual highlights
    • View the live
    • on March 20
    • fundraising event turns into a home party with optional food and drink components on March 26
    • Participate in the at home March 27-28
    • presented by Events DC debuts Friday, April 9 online

Outdoor Opportunities

 waterfront neighborhoods Rock Creek Park The U.S. National Arboretum The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden Hirshhorn’s Sculpture Garden Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial National Native American Veterans Memorial

  • Enjoy along the Potomac and Anacostia rivers
  • offers miles of trails and greenery as well as picnic areas, a nature center, golf course, horse stables, amphitheater and planetarium.
  • is 446-acres of gardens, exhibits and long-term botanical research.
  • is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • opened Sept. 18, 2020
  • opened Nov. 11, 2020

Recently Reopened Attractions

 George Washington’s Mount Vernon ARTECHOUSE Museum in The Mansion International Spy Museum Museum of the Bible

  • is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., non-members should buy tickets online.
  • open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • is open for lodging, outdoor dining and shopping; the garden is open for reservations.
  • is open on weekends and holidays. You must get advance tickets.
  • is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets required.

  Dumbarton House Museum of Women in the Arts The Phillips Collection

  • grounds are open every day from dawn to dusk for free, and the museum is open Friday-Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets required.
  • is open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 5 p.m. Tickets required.
  • is open Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The centennial exhibition, Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century, is now on display.Tickets required.

New & Forthcoming Hotels to enjoy cherry blossom

Hotel MaderaCambria Hotel Washington D.C. Capitol RiverfrontThe Ven at Embassy RowLyleKimpton Banneker

  • opened mid-February in Dupont Circle
  • mid-February in Capitol Riverfront
  • opened mid-March in Dupont Circle
  • opens in April in Dupont Circle
  • Hotel opens late spring in Logan Circle

Seasonal Hotel Packages

Kimpton George HotelMandarin OrientalRiggs DCSt. Regis Washington, D.C.Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown

  • Perfect for exploring the blossoms outdoors, offers a dining credit, Capital Bikeshare passes and viewing maps for the blossoms with the “Pedal to the Petals” package. (March 19-April 13, book by April 12)
  • Walk to the Tidal Basin or view the blossoms from your room with the Cherry Blossom Views package at . Offering overnight accommodations in addition to an afternoon tea, incredible views, overnight parking and late checkout. (Now-April 11)
  • Indulge in the blooms with and in addition to a deluxe room, enjoy credit for your choice of dinner or brunch in Café Riggs, seasonal cocktails to enjoy in-room and hotel amenities. (March 20-April 11)
  • The is offering an array of cherry blossom inspired experiences, including a Cherry Blossom Suite, unique overnight packages and a Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea in the hotel lobby, in-room or to-go.
  • is ushering in spring with Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea in its festively decorated Cherry Blossom Pop-up Lounge on Saturdays and Sundays. (March 27-April 25)

Dining

The District is a culinary destination, evidenced by the creativity of local chefs and annual Michelin Guide honors. Restaurants around the city continue to offer takeout and contactless delivery viadctogogo.com. Many establishments offer temperature controlled outdoor seating with heating lamps and fire pits for comfort. As of March 15, indoor dining is open for 25 percent capacity. 

PerMayor Muriel E. Bowser, Washington, DC is in phase two of reopening. Travelers are required to test negative for COVID-19 72 hours in advance of visiting unless fully vaccinated. Masks and social distancing are required in DC and on federal land. Indoor gatherings are capped at 10 people and outdoor gatherings at 50.  

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