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Cultural Tourism DC
Be a "cultural tourist" and discover a different Washington, with Cultural Tourism DC acting as your handy guide. Explore the city's vibrant neighborhoods, its cultural treasures and historic sites. The site lists events, offers tours and provides information to make any visit to Washington a memorable one.

History of the Cherry Trees
The idea to plant cherry trees along the Potomac waterfront came from Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore after her first visit to Japan in 1885. But it took more than 25 years for her idea to take root. In 1912, 3,020 cherry trees of 12 varieties were shipped from Yokohama as a gift of friendship to the United States from the people of Japan. Learn more about the history and how the festival came to be at the National Park Service.

Mount Vernon
George Washington inherited Mount Vernon in 1761 and expanded the property from 2,000 to 8,000 acres with five working farms. You can take a virtual tour of the grounds, find educational resources, shop Mount Vernon online, or view the Mount Vernon Innís lunch and dinner menus. The site also offers biographical information on our first president along with a calendar of events.

National Cathedral
When Pierre LíEnfant designed Washington, DC, his plans included the building of a national church. In 1907 the foundation stone—a stone from Bethlehem inserted into a larger piece of American granite—was laid, with President Roosevelt and the Bishop of London on hand to address the crowd of 10,000. The first chapel opened in 1912 but it would take 83 years to complete construction on the cathedral.

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