Top Spring Travel Destinations

Cultural festivals, sporting events and nature in bloom
make these spots must-visits in springtime.

Ron Engle Photography
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National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington D.C.

March 20–April 27

Nearly a million visitors travel to D.C. each year in
springtime, when some 3,000 cherry trees explode into flower along the city’s
Tidal Basin. The trees were a gift from the city of Tokyo in 1912, and this
year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival features a series of Japanese-themed
art shows to celebrate the gift’s centennial, including a major exhibit of
Hokusai’s “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” at the Smithsonian.

Where to Stay: The Mandarin Oriental’s location—overlooking the Tidal Basin—gives guests the
opportunity to see blooms right from their windows. The hotel spa is also
offering a Cherry Blossom Ritual treatment this spring, and one of the
festival’s art exhibits, “100 Years of Kimono,” will be on display at the
hotel’s Arise Gallery.