The Es­sen­tial Wash­ing­ton

Where Washington - - EDITOR’S ITINERARY -

Right about this time ev­ery year, we Wash­ing­to­ni­ans be­come a win­ter-weary bunch. Luck­ily the city sup­plies a per­fect an­ti­dote: the Na­tional Cherry Blos­som Fes­ti­val, now in its 90th year. Come rain, snow (!) or shine, the cel­e­bra­tion paints the town pink and sig­nals that balmy temps aren’t far off. Though it’s al­ways a bit of a guess­ing game as to when the trees will reach their glo­ri­ous peak bloom, the line-up of par­ties, pageantry and fire­works en­sures an eye­ful. Con­sult our guide on page 8 for tips on the main events and blos­som tours. Na­ture stars on screen, too, as the En­vi­ron­men­tal Film Fes­ti­val fo­cuses on the beauty and fragility of our planet (page 4). If you’re a mu­sic fan, check out the range of venues here, from clas­si­cal con­cert halls to a fa­bled jazz hide­away. Even if you have only limited time, we can show you how to make the most of it at a top D.C. des­ti­na­tion.

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