Sunday morning I woke up before the sun so I could beat the crowds downtown. The cherry blossoms normally bloom earlier in the year but it’s been cold and they waited until the last minute to pop. As soon as they did, the crowds descended on DC and cherry blossom festivities commenced.
There’s something for everyone. Walking around the tidal basin, flying kites, picnicking in the shade, running the 5k or 10 miler, watching the parade or cruising the Potomac. You can find a schedule of events here each year. In my opinion, the best way to enjoy the blooms is to wake up as early as possible and catch the metro to the Smithsonian stop. Walk over to the tidal basin for a view of the trees just after sunrise. If I lived a little closer I would bike instead.
After a good stroll, we walked north towards Metro Center, stopping along the way for coffee and pastries. Even at 7 am, the paths around the tidal basin were getting crowded with everyone playing photographer. But looking at the blossoms it’s easy to tell why. We’ve all been waiting for spring.
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