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Photographers, charge your batteries and clear your memory cards! The cherry blossoms are in peak bloom along the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., and we know you’re dying to get that perfect shot.

Since it’s America’s birthday today, we thought it would be fitting to publish a special edition of I Heart My City to celebrate the best things about the nation’s capital and National Geographic’s home city. Here’s a mash-up of our favorite things about living in “the District.”

The most famous depiction today of a wave may be Hokusai’s block print, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.” Not only is it a beautiful, stylized evocation of the sea’s power but also a layered testament to the illusion of solidity (Mount Fuji poking up in the background) and human frailty (those poor fishermen cowering in their…

By Jennifer Pocock, former assistant researcher at National Geographic Traveler magazine. The peak cherry tree bloom has already come and gone, carpeting the sidewalks of America’s capital city with a layer of pink and white petals. For the Japanese, this blossoming is a metaphor for life: a brief and brilliant burst, followed by a certain fall. Yet…

The five-week National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off today, and Washington D.C. is in full bloom. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Tokyo’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the U.S. capital, and the festival will be bigger and better to celebrate the centennial in style, featuring scores of events and activities that highlight Japanese culture. Susan O’Keefe,…

The 20th anniversary of D.C.’s Environmental Film Festival is underway (March 13-25) and shouldn’t be missed, in part because there’s nothing quite like it. This assemblage of films from around the world makes the urgency of climate change both real and provocative, and provides a running history of the environmental movement itself. Symbolically, Washington’s cherry…

Take in the sights, smells, and sounds of the bustling streets of Beijing the traditional way—by bicycle. The traffic may be wild, but you’ll find plenty of bike lanes, few hills, and sights to see. Here are some bike tips and places to stop in the city. [BBC] Offering the ideal mix of fun activities,…

The Vespa might just be as big of an Italian icon as the Colosseum or Sofia Loren. Learn more about the history of the scooter at the Museo Piaggio in Pontedera, Italy where Vespas of all shapes, design, and colors are on display. [Velvet Escape via #ngtradar] Learn about Southern French culinary history and culture,…

Discover the top beaches in Cambodia including the popular Koh Rong Saloem or “Lazy Beach”  in Sihanoukville, the premier beach destination for tourists and locals alike.  [TravelFish] Local blog DCist reports that a coalition of over 100 ethnic and minority groups have released a design for a new museum on the National Mall. The National…

When it comes to seeing the sites in our nation’s capital, I consider myself a true Washingtonian. After spending four years here as a G.W. undergrad (go Colonials!) and nearly two years as a nine-to-five adult, I have most of the D.C. essentials crossed off my to-do list. Lincoln Memorial, check. Bike the Capital Crescent…

All Roads Film Festival Kicks Off

National Geographic’s annual All Roads Film Festival, which celebrates the music, film, and photography of indigenous and underrepresented minority cultures, will be hosted at our Washington, D.C. headquarters starting today, September 28 through October 3. Spanning subjects from Maori adolescence to Alaskan Yu’pik heritage, some 29 selected films represent an astounding 55-plus cultures and hail…

Stay Warm, Get Buff!

Contributing writer Cathy Healy reports from snowbound Washington, DC, where the snowfall has broken all previous records.  How to stay warm in such weather? She reveals a tip from a friend who’s just back from Patagonia.   The snow stormed down on us like an emptied sack of flour and we slogged back under the…

The Book of Omens

Traveler contributing editor Jim Conaway explores the latest exhibit from D.C.’s Sackler Gallery. You don’t have to believe in divination to be transported by a new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., “Falnama: The Book of Omens.” Gorgeous pages from what could be described as royalty’s self-help manuals for fortune-telling…

Sneak Peek: Terra Cotta Warriors at NG

The exhibit “Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor” opens this Thursday, November 19th, at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC. We weaseled our way into the press preview to get you a sneak peek. But before letting us loose to see Emperor Qin Shihuangdi’s lifesized warriors face-to-face, Stanford Professor Emeritus Albert Dien,…

Hail to the Chiefs

Brian Jungen is the first living Native American artist to have a solo show at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and his exhibit, “Strange Comfort” opened this past weekend. Jungen creates art out of recognizable everyday objects, including sports paraphernalia: a suit of armor made of catcher mitts, a skull made from…

A Taste of Belgium

Here at Traveler we often say the hardest part about our job is being stuck in an office while we tirelessly research exotic and exciting destinations. Instead of overdrawing on vacation days, we have to find alternative remedies to cure our wanderlust. Last week, I quelled my travel bug, and a hungry stomach, without having…

Dine Baby Dine

We at Intelligent Travel love Restaurant Week. The concept: Dine on a fixed-price, three-course lunch or dinner to sample a variety of cuisines at a fraction of the cost. Some restaurants let you select items from their full menu, others offer limited menu choices (check the website to see full menus) or specially prepared menus.…

What’s New at the National Gallery

Contributing editor Jim Conaway is an admitted art buff, so he’s offered to begin reviewing the many exhibits in D.C.’s galleries. Today he discusses two new shows at the National Gallery of Art. The National Gallery of Art is possibly the best deal for travelers in Washington, D.C.  It has one of the world’s great,…

Passport DC

Whenever I need a surefire way to impress an out-of-town visitor, I head to D.C.’s Massachusetts Avenue for a stroll along Embassy Row. The fascinating architecture makes for lovely eye candy, plus, it’s a great glimpse of global culture in our nation’s capital. Most of the year the sites serve uninformed passersby merely as stand-offish…

Destination: DC Dessert

Traveler Intern Catherine Pearson learned that sometimes the sweetest trip can be the one that you take without leaving your city. Ladies and gentlemen, we present you with a “Staycation.” Catherine and her roommate can always make room for cake… We were bound for Niagara Falls. My roommate and I had never been, and it…

Into the Wild in Alexandria

Every Washingtonian needs a way to unwind. (There’s a war on after all, and our fair city is its nerve center, conducting the chess moves from afar.) My newest favorite method is to rent a kayak with friends or kids on a weekend afternoon, and paddle—guilt- and carbon-emissions-free—the quiet tidal backwaters of the Potomac River.…