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Washington, DC

In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo gave Washington, DC a gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees. The National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20-April 13) celebrates this world-famous flower with events ranging from sake tasting and a kite extravaganza all the way to waterfront fireworks and a festival parade.

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Catch DC’s thriving performing arts scene at prominent spaces like the Kennedy Center and Ford's Theatre. Indie bands and mainstream acts dazzle the likes of The Anthem and 9:30 Club, while cutting-edge art exhibits are on display everywhere from museums on the Mall to neighborhood gems like The Phillips Collection.

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Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list (focusing on the best affordable places) expanded from 22 to 39 in 2018, while two new restaurants added a Michelin star: chef Robert Wiedmaier's Siren by RW and Ryan Ratino’s Bresca. Eat it all up, from the city’s hottest restaurants to family-friendly favorites.

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Not just for selfies, DC's museums and monuments are an educational playground for youngsters. Children can anchor their own news segment at the Newseum or the whole family can explore the city on a guided bike tour. There’s no shortage of hands-on exhibits and 100+ free things to do around the city.

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The city is fashioned from homegrown boutiques and international retailers. Delve into DC’s community of creators by searching for local wares at Eastern Market and the Shop Made in DC or browse the racks at the area’s most notable shopping meccas like CityCenterDC, Georgetown and Tysons Corner Center.

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