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Washington, DC in spring

Explore the American capital in the season that suits it best: spring. Take your pick from grand monuments and sculpture gardens, outdoors markets and trips by paddleboat in parks full of cherry blossom.
The Capitol stands at the east end of the National Mall
COMPILED BY CATRIONA GREW AND RORY GOULDING, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM KARLA ZIMMERMAN AND REGIS ST LOUIS. PHOTOGRAPHS: DOUG ARMAND/GETTY, STEVE LAGRECA/ALAMY

SIGHTS

Dumbarton Oaks £

(doaks.org; 1703 32nd St NW)

Reopening this March after renovations, this mansion's 10 acres of enchanting formal gardens are straight out of a storybook. In springtime, the cherry blossoms and other blooms are stunning. The mansion itself is worth a look to see Byzantine and pre-Columbian art, and rare books that date as far back as 1491.

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