Washington DC Spring Break Crawl: Cherry Blossoms, Drag Queen Brunch and More

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The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC draws thousands of visitors to see the pink flowering trees every spring. Photo: National Cherry Blossom Festival

If Washington, DC weren't a top U.S. spring break destination, do you think Congress would have set up here? Don't worry though, there are plenty of family-friendly options among these recommendations.

Get the All-Inclusive Treatment: Perry's Sunday Drag Brunch
Pay one price for a bundled food or drink experience

It's a DC tradition akin to inaugural parades, Fourth of July fireworks and the lighting of the National Christmas Tree: Perry's Sunday Drag Brunch. $25 gets you all-you-can-eat access to the buffet and a sweet seat for the continuously running drag show. Sausage is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Worship Water: Spa World
A fun water-centric activity

Looking for a spring break aquatic experience more immersive than getting sprinkled with holy water at the National Cathedral's April 20 Easter service? Check out Spa World, 30 minutes from DC in Centreville, Virginia. The self-proclaimed largest Asian-style spa in the United States has two nine-station soaking pools that are always open and the bathers are never clothed (pools are segregated by gender though).

Don't Miss the Big Event: National Cherry Blossom Festival
A must-see springtime festival or event

Given the 1.5 million annual visitors it attracts, it's hard to miss the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Tidal Basin, which takes place March 20-April 13 this year (the date of peak bloom is hard to predict further than 10 days out, but April 8-12 is the current best guess). Navigate through the blockade of tour buses to the sea of pink and smell the, um, cherries.

Closer than Disney World: The National Mall
A great activity for kids and families

Who needs the Magic Kingdom's Hall of Presidents when you can picnic near tributes to Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln on the National Mall? If the kids are itching for a ride though, The Smithsonian carousel near the main Smithsonian Building offers an amusement ride that's cheaper and has shorter lines than any Disney ride.

Catch Some Rays: Indigo Landing
A place to eat or drink outdoors

One of the best views of DC is from across the river in Alexandria, Virginia at American restaurant Indigo Landing. Its patio affords views of the city, sunset and planes flying in and out of Reagan National Airport.

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Zach Everson, travel news/travel buzz editor at MapQuest and AOL Travel, is now in his second non-consecutive term as a DC-area resident.
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