WASHINGTON — The cherry blossoms are revealing their beauty, and after a long, cold winter, they are a welcome sight. The cherry blossoms are expected to be in peak bloom Saturday through Tuesday — just…
WASHINGTON — The cherry blossoms are revealing their beauty, and after a long, cold winter, they are a welcome sight.
The cherry blossoms are expected to be in peak bloom Saturday through Tuesday — just in time for the final weekend of the 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival.
Don’t drive. Parking will be a nightmare. Your best bet is taking the Metro. The closest stop to the Tidal Basin is Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines). If you are on the Yellow or Green lines, L’Enfant Plaza will get you close.
Take a ride on a water taxi. The water taxis are available from Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria. You’ll need to make a reservation and tickets are selling out fast. Visit the D.C. Water Taxi website and Potomac River Boat website for more information.
Walk the entire route for the full impact of the blossoms in all their glory. Stroll by the FDR and Jefferson Memorial along the way. Plan to spend a few hours there.
Pack a lunch. There’s no better place for a picnic.
If you hate the crowds, don’t limit yourself to the Tidal Basin. The cherry blossoms are all over the D.C. area, including the Washington Monument, West and East Potomac parks, the Kenwood neighborhood in Maryland, Stanton Park at Maryland Avenue in Northeast and Massachusetts Avenue Northeast.
If you’re dead set on the Tidal Basin, try early morning sunrise or later at dusk — a sight that’s sure to be breathtaking. Or try waiting for a weekday. But don’t wait too long as they’re expected to end their peak period by Tuesday, April 14.
Whatever you do, do not touch the trees — not even a flower. It’s against the law.