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Travelers discover a world of wonder when they embrace a destination's arts and culture. Whether you examine the Mona Lisa's mysterious smile in Paris, walk in soldiers' footsteps on Civil War battlefields or shimmy to live music in Nashville, cultural attractions can be the highlight of any vacation.

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Jefferson Memorial

Jefferson Memorial

Cherry blossom trees are in full bloom at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, pictured here with the Jefferson Memorial in the background. 960 1280

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All Along the Tidal Basin

All Along the Tidal Basin

Tourists can get an up-close-and-personal view of the blooms along the DC Tidal Basin. 960 1280

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Cherry Blossom Balloons

Cherry Blossom Balloons

Cherry blossom balloons are carried along the parade route on Constitution Avenue. Various cultural groups, marching bands, floats and balloons are featured in the annual event. The festival started in 1935 and today, more than a million people visit Washington, DC, each year to admire the blossoming cherry trees and attend events in the 16-day festival. 960 1280

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Family Fun

Family Fun

A man lifts his baby daughter into the air near the base of the Washington Monument during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. 960 1280

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Washington Monument

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument can be seen through the branches of cherry trees along the tidal basin. The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo giving 3000 cherry trees to the city of Washington in 1912. 960 1280

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Cherry Blossom Princess

Cherry Blossom Princess

Embassy of Japan Cherry Blossom Princess, Tomoko Shiojiri, lights a Japanese stone lantern during a ceremony as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. 960 1280

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Sakura Maturo Street Festival

Sakura Maturo Street Festival

Cultural groups perform in the Sakura Maturo Street Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue following the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival parade. 960 1280

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Off in the Distance

Off in the Distance

People walk a bike at the Tidal Basin under the cherry blossoms, with the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in the background. 960 1280

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Traditional Japanese Dancers

Traditional Japanese Dancers

Traditional Japanese dancers prepare backstage before a performance in Washington, DC, as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. 960 1280

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On the Stage

On the Stage

Batala, the all-woman percussion ensemble performs at the Sylvan Theater on the grounds of the Washington Monument during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. 960 1280

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You Can See Them Everywhere

You Can See Them Everywhere

Cherry blossom viewing isn't limited only to the Tidal Basin either, bright-pink floral shows can be captured all over the city.
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