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Photo Tips: How to Shoot the Cherry Blossoms

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.

I Heart My City: Nat Geo’s Washington, D.C.

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.”

Free to See: Masterpieces on the Mall

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…

Beyond the Cherry Trees: The Life and Times of Eliza Scidmore

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…

Cherry-Picked: How to Maximize DC’s 100th Cherry Blossom Festival

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,…

In Focus: D.C.’s 20th Environmental Film Festival

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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…

The Radar: Beijing by Bike, D.C. for the Family, Cut-Rate Stays in University Dorms

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 Radar: Italy’s Vespa Museum, Provence Cooking Schools, D.C. Jazz Fest

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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,…

The Radar: Cambodia’s Best Beaches, New National Museum, Kung Fu Flight Attendants

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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…

D.C. Beyond the Mall: The Hillwood Estate

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

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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…