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Washington DC is a beautiful place with a lot of beautiful people in its community. Our mission is to give parents, teachers, researchers, and visitors some ideas what to see in our nation's capital and surrounding area. There are over 12,000 photographs in our collection for you to explore.

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Cherry Blossom Flower Update

This gallery monitors the bloomming period of the Yoshino cherry trees around the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. The planting of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the United States from the people of Japan. In Japan the flowering cherry tree or "Sakura," as it is called by the Japanese people, is one of the most exalted flowering plants. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformations Japanese Culture has undergone through the ages. The date when the Yoshino cherry blossoms reach peak bloom varies from year to year, depending on weather conditions.

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Cherry Blossom in Washington DC Peak Bloom

West Potomac Park and the Tidal Basin with its flowering Japanese cherry blossom trees are under the care of the National Park Service. A horticulturist by the name of Robert DeFeo is the Park Service's cherry blossom expert and according to Mr. DeFeo peak bloom time (or peak bloom period) is defined as when 70 percent or more of Cherry trees are in full bloom. This is also the time which attracts tourists (both local and worldwide) to take pictures of cherry blossom trees so they can say they were a part of the DC cherry blossom experience.

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Lantern Lighting Ceremony

Every year a 350-year-old stone lantern is lit in the Thomas Jefferson Tidal Basin. This formal ceremony commemorates the 1912 gift to Washington D.C. of 3000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan. The event includes traditional Japanese performers, Washington dignitaries and the 70 Cherry Blossom princesses representing states, territories, and embassies. The lighting ceremony is held at the site of the first two cherry trees planted by Mrs. William Howard Taft and Viscountess Chinda in 1912. The Lantern ceremony is don't miss! Special thanks to Mark Rhoads of the National Conference of State Societies for his help with this gallery.

Location : Tidal Basin at Independence Ave. and 17 th St., SW.

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Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura)

For 91 years, people from all over the world have gathered in Washington to welcome the arrival of spring and to share the special season with each other. The splendid cherry trees, the focal point of the Festival, are constant reminders of the strong and enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.



Laura Bush

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Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial is located on a four-acre plot on the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. It is adjacent to the Roosevelt Memorial and creates a "line of leadership," as it is placed in a straight line with the Lincoln Memorial (where Dr. King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech) and the Jefferson Memorial. The Stone of Hope, from which Dr. King's likeness emerges, gazes upon the Tidal Basin toward the horizon. The memorial is not only a tribute to Dr. King, it is also meant to be a symbol of a future society encompassing justice and equality. The memorial will also features an Inscription Wall with fourteen of Dr. King's most influential quotes, engraved on a 450-foot crescent shaped granite wall. Address: 1964 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20024.

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Washington Monument

To truly experience our Nation's Capital, you must see it from the tallest structure in Washington, DC. The Washington Monument rises 555 feet above the National Mall and offers the best view of the city. The Washington Monument was erected to honor the greatness of the city of President George Washington. The first cornerstone was placed on July 4, 1843, and was finally completed on December 6, 1884. The obelisk design was Mills' interpretation of city designer Pierre L'Enfant's centerpiece for the capital city. Fifty flags surround the base of the Monument, one to symbolize each state in the Union. Hours of operation are 9:00 am to 4:45 pm daily. It is free to get in, but you do need to get free tickets to reserve a time.

Location: 15th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Metro: Federal Triangle (BLUE and...

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Capitol Square and Compass Tour

Wasington has a secret. The Capitol Square and Compass tour reveals a hidden framework of symbols thunderous enough to rouse the gods within our mind. Walking this ancient trail may change the way you think about Washington or reveal a secret mystery. To truly understand meaning of Washington's square and compass you need to follow the path disclosed to you. On this journey you will need to master your thoughts to only Washington's buildings, monuments and memorials. Enter the world of our Founding Fathers and understand the deeper meaning of ancient words and positioned symbols etched on its walls. You will start in darkness and head East toward the light of virtue.

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Capitol Hill Star

Hidden from plain view, the world reknown city planner and Freemason, Pierre Charles L'Enfant, crafted a path for the enlightened to follow. Emanating from the East Portico of the United States Capitol building to Lincoln Park is a hexagram star pattern that can only be noticed from high above. Nations, cultures, and religions have have used this ancient symbol to represent their beliefs, government and money. Many historians believe this six pointed star invokes a higher esoteric form of spirituality. While traversing the streets of Capitol Hill, one can only speculate the grandeur influence this talisman has on American history. Come view the neighborhood of Washington's power brokers and decide all these things for yourself - you may even discover some hidden symbols known only to a few.

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House of the Temple

In the heart of the nation's capital, stands one of the city's most beautiful monuments. It's been called a marvel of architecture, a wonder in stone, the spirit of the Scottish Rite captured for a moment in time.
The House of the Temple is a Masonic temple which serves as the headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A. It is located at the corner of 16th Street and S Street in the northwest section of the city. The Temple was modeled after the Mausoleum of Maussollos (a provincial king in the Persian Empire). Ground was broken on May 31, 1911 and the cornerstone was laid on October 18, 1911. The building was dedicated four years later on October 18, 1915. An alcove in the temple holds the remains of Confederate general and noted freemason Albert Pike.

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Star of Washington Tour

There is a nautical star in our nation's capital. Journey through the streets and alley ways that make up the star of Washington. Pay close attention to the hidden symbols that teach a broader meaning of our capital city. Pythagoras would have recognized this Pentagon-Dodecahedron as insight to the golden intellect of our nation's founder.
A fixed star was selected to guide wise men to the source of human enlightenment.

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