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-  Magnolia trees in bloom, Enid A. Haupt Garden, Washington, DC  (© Sean Pavone/Alamy)

Each spring, Washington, DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival draws more than one million visitors to the area around the Tidal Basin to see the magnificent cherry tree blooms. But springtime brings more than cherry blossoms to the nation’s capital. In the shadow of the Smithsonian Institution Building (aka The Castle), the Enid A. Haupt Garden bursts with color as the saucer and tulip magnolia trees unfurl their lavish pink and white flowers. Opened in 1987, the Haupt Garden is more than 4 acres, meticulously designed as a modern American version of a Victorian-era garden. If the crowds viewing the cherry blossoms seem overwhelming, consider a contemplative stroll among the magnolias and historical cast-iron garden furnishings from the Smithsonian’s collection.