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A lesson in history as much as it is a scenic drive, the George Washington Memorial Parkway is a designated All American Road and follows the Potomac River. The initial stretch, Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, opened in 1932, and the final section was completed in 1968, and the road is designed for leisurely ? not speedy ? driving. Good thing, since you?ll be ogling wildlife preserves, farms, gardens and lighthouses, and the Lady Bird Johnson Memorial Park and Lyndon Baines Memorial Grove, along the way to your destination. Of course, all roads lead to the famed Cherry Blossom Festival from the end of March to mid-April. The festival, which casts a pale pink hue on the capital, was started more than 100 years ago by first lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador.