Tablet Life & Arts

The itinerary: Cherry blossoms in D.C., damaged Corvettes on show in Kentucky

Make a date with cherry blossoms

Despite the long, cold winter, Washington, D.C.’s famous cherry blossom trees are expected to bring the first sure sign of spring between April 8 and 12, when they’re predicted to reach peak bloom, the National Park Service said last week. However, this month’s weather will be the most critical factor for the trees’ blooming period, said James Perry, chief of resource management for the National Park Service. (About 70 percent of the trees around the Tidal Basin must be in bloom for the park service to declare peak bloom.) This year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival will be March 20-April 13, with events celebrating the trees and Japanese culture. For more information about the festival, visit

— The Associated Press

In Kentucky, a different auto show

Curious to see the damage that a huge sinkhole inflicted on eight classic cars at the National Corvette Museum? The Kentucky attraction plans to give visitors a close look. Museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli says the cars will go on display before they’re taken to Michigan for repairs because of popular demand. The vehicles were consumed when the earth opened up last week beneath a display area when the Bowling Green museum was closed. No injuries were reported. The museum plans to display the damaged cars from April through July. Chevrolet is in charge of restoring the cars.

— The Associated Press

Deals: You’re on a boat

• Princess has a sale on select Alaska land-and-sea vacations. The Denali on Sale promo applies to several 2014 itineraries. For example, a 10-night Denali Explorer tour July 30 starts at $1,428 per person double and includes a seven-night cruise from Vancouver to Whittier, Alaska; a three-night land tour to Denali National Park and Fairbanks, Alaska; transfers; and port charges. Brochure rate is about $520 more. Book by April 3. Info: 800-774-6237,

• Pacific Delight Tours is offering a 13-night trip to China from $3,199 per person double. The Grand Yangtze River Silver Experience tour includes round-trip air from New York to Shanghai (return from Beijing), two nights’ hotel in Shanghai, an eight-night cruise on the Yangtze aboard the Victoria Sophia, airfare from Chongqing to Beijing, three nights’ lodging in Beijing, most meals, several tours, guides, transfers, port charges and taxes. For the lowest price, depart April 15. Booked separately, flights and cruise alone cost about the same amount. Based on availability. Info: 800-221-7179, Request tour package A4YS14VL.

— The Washington Post

Fun fact

A lottery for hikers

Park rangers say hikers can now apply for permits to ascend the summit of Yosemite National Park’s iconic Half Dome. A maximum of 300 hikers are allowed on the metal cables on the mountain’s steep granite shoulder each day. Reservations are required, and a limited number of permits for this year can be obtained through a lottery system that started March 1. The 17-mile trail is strenuous, with a 4,800-foot elevation gain, and it is dangerous during wet conditions. The lottery system will end March 31, but about 50 additional permits per day will be available through a two-day-in-advance lottery during the hiking season.

— The Associated Press