Day trips: The beach, the blossom and the arts

Atlantic City, N.J.



Guests can make reservations for overnight stays at the new Revel beachfront destination on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The 20-acre, $2.4 billion casino resort is open for an eight-week preview through May 24. Guests can enjoy restaurant openings, gaming, performance spaces, a spa and amenities in a place that was designed to embrace its beachfront surroundings. Views of the Atlantic Ocean are available in each of the 1,800 rooms at the resort. Each room also has a flat-screen TV and entertainment system, full mini-bar setup, an office space with a desk and an Android tablet used for controlling the temperature, window shades and room lighting. Revel has retail shops, two theaters and a casino.

Overnight rates for a standard room begin at $239. Rates for an Ocean Suite start at $359. Guests also have the option of a View Suite with a separate living room, starting at $479. For reservations, go to or call 855-348-0500.



Dover Downs Hotel & Casino

Go down on the corner at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino for a concert featuring Creedence Clearwater Revisited. The band is led by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Stu Cook and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, the original rhythm section of Creedence Clearwater Revival. The group will perform favorites such as "Down on the Corner" and "Bad Moon Rising." Guests can also enjoy gambling and entertainment at Dover Downs, along with live harness racing through April. The Four Diamond Hotel has 500 rooms.

The Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert is Friday, April 13, at 9 p.m. in the Rollins Center Ballroom. Doors open at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $35 -$85 and can be purchased by calling VIP Services at 800-711-5882 or visiting



National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

Everyone loves a parade, especially when it comes amid the beauty of spring and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. One of the favorite highlights of the festival is the parade down Constitution Avenue, this year featuring Katie Couric and Alex Trebek. Performers include Javier Colon, last year's winner of "The Voice" TV competition, and "American Idol" finalist Siobhan Magnus.

The parade is Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., rain or shine. The route runs along Constitution Avenue from Seventh to 17th streets N.W. Call 800-745-3000. Standing room along the route between Ninth and 15th streets is free. Arrive early for the best views. Seat tickets are $20 and available at


NEXT at the Corcoran: Class of 2012

Art lovers looking for up and coming artists can visit the NEXT exhibition, a presentation of work by the graduating students of the Corcoran College of Art + Design. America's oldest dedicated art museum will feature a showcase of artists from its Master of Arts program along with thesis work from Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates. The student artists will exhibit in the main galleries of the museum.

NEXT at the Corcoran: Class of 2012 opens Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m. The exhibit is on display through May 20. Admission is free. For more information, go to


Richmond, Va.

Civil War & Emancipation Day

Explore the former capital of the Confederacy for the third annual Civil War & Emancipation Day. Visitors can enter 26 sites and attractions for free, with free transportation provided between sites. Civil War scholars will lead discussions and guests can enjoy guided tours, cannon firings, children's games, performances and canal boat rides. Guests can engage in the Richmond Adventure Race, solving riddles and hunting for clues while on the quest for a $1,700 prize.

Civil War & Emancipation Day is Saturday, April 14, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go to for schedule and parking information. Special lodging packages are available through Richmond Region hotels, with additional details at

York, Pa.

Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival

Herb and garden enthusiasts can visit the Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival, where guest lecturers will offer seminars on growing and using herbs. Discussion topics will include gardening know-how, roses in the landscape, using herbs medicinally, native plants for birds and butterflies, beekeeping and more. Two workshops, "Planting a Herb Garden Chair" and "Plant and Shape a Herbal Bonsai Landscape," will be offered for an additional fee.

The Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival is Friday-Saturday, April 13-14, at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Avenue, York, Pa. Festival hours are noon to 7 p.m. April 13, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14. Admission is $5 and free for children under 12.