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Trip List by nigelsmom1

Washington DC in the Springtime - Cherry Blossom Festival

Apr 12, 2010  Less hassle & more travel during the Cherry Blossom Fest 2010
4.0 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

Experience a variety of DC

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Washington DC
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture, Shopping
  • Appeals to: Families with small children, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring
  • 1. Eastern Market
    Eastern Market, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Great place to talk & sample local farmer & artists wares in addition to one of a kind gifts. Get there early for a good breakfast at Market Lunch (before 9:00am & no Sunday service).

  • 2. U.S. Capitol
    U.S. Capitol, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Reserve a tour thru your Congressman or Senator's Office. This will guarantee smaller group, individual attention for Q & A session & less wait on line for tickets. Tour guide does all the hard work for you. Call/email in advance.

  • 3. Ford's Theatre
    http://www.fordstheatre.org/splash

    Museum & place where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Lots of info to digest. Facinating for history buffs. Book online in advance to alleviate waiting on line. Get a Ranger/Museum/Theater tour. The Ranger gives detailed information that you might not know. If you don't book online, show up early at box office (when it opens) in order to get same day tickets.

  • 4. Smithsonian Institution
    Smithsonian Institution Building, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Pick one or two of the Museums per day & focus (don't spread yourself thin trying to see them all). Get to the Museum when it opens & go to the attraction you want to see first (especially if it has a long line example : Star Spangled Banner exhibit in the Natl. Mus. Of Amrcn. Hist.). Make sure to pick the right metro stop (sometimes if you choose the Federal Triangle stop it gets you closer to specific museum, ex: Natl. Mus of Amrcn. Hist), Blue Line Smithsonian stop is main gateway but L 'Enfant Plaza was good when heading back after Air & Space Museum.

  • 5. Old Post Office Pavilion
    Old Post Office Pavilion, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    This is a great place to stop & do a couple of things. First take the elevator to the top to a a picturesque view of DC on a clear day. You can also go souvenier shopping or grab a bite to eat in the food court & rest your feet & stay warm/or get shade.

  • 6. Lincoln Memorial
    Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Check out the Lincoln Memorial at night. Take time to stand on the steps outside facing the Washington Monument. Beautiful views which incorporate the reflecting pools (if you take pictures). Less crowding & remember to ask the Ranger to indicate the spot where MLK stood to give his famous "March on Washington" speech. The spot is only visable if you spill some water on it at night. The museum at the bottom of the memorial gives an interesting overview of famous speeches that have taken place, moments in history & the background information on the sculpture(s).

  • 7. St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church
    http://www.saintaugustine-dc.org/

    Oldest Black Catholic Church in Washington DC, it's a great place to spend a early Sunday afternoon. Service at 10:00am includes the choir & dancers but if you want a rousing spiritual experience try the 12:30 mass with a contemporary gospel choir & music. Very welcoming for visitors.

  • 8. Eatonville
    Eatonville, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Great place to have a Sunday breakfast. Try the creamy cheese grits or giant biscuits or catfish. You can even listen to a little live Jazz music if you get there at 12:00pm.

  • 9. Tidal Basin
    Tidal Basin, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Beautiful setting, especially if you time it during the peak bloom of the Cherry Blossom Season. Just lovely. Serene if you visit early in the morning. Paddle boats can be rented during the spring.

  • 10. Surfside
    Surfside, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Good affordable food. Fresh ingredients (salsa was outstanding). Great variety & presentation (try the Nevis: Two grilled shrimp tacos in corn tortillas with yellow rice, pineapple jalepeno salsa, cilantro, guacamole and lime sour cream). Reggae music & rooftop dining make festive setting.