This year the cherry blossom peak coincided with the peak of the magnolia trees in the garden behind the Smithsonian castle and with the Cherry Blossom Parade.
To say that it seemed as if the entire world was at the National mall on Saturday, does not begin to describe the crowds and multitude of visitors. Yet, despite the crowds, people were civil, cordial, and amicable; taking turns when taking photos at favorite spots. The weather was beautiful and the views were amazing.
For how to navigate the crowds and enjoy your time, read my earlier post Cherry Blossoms Everywhere in Washington DC. Wear comfortable shoes, preferably sneakers, I can assure you nobody will notice. Also, bring a light jacket, there is always a cold breeze by the tidal basin.
Did you know?
- The trees were a gift from Japan in 1912
- 3020 trees were given
- from 12 different varieties
- The tidal basin cherry trees are all Yoshino trees
- It took roughly 7 years to plant all the trees around the tidal basin
If you get the opportunity to come to Washington DC, do so during the Cherry Blossom Festival. To see our Nation's Capital monuments such as the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial among others embellished by the natural beauty of the Cherry trees in bloom is something you should do at least once in your lifetime. You will have many photo opportunities to record and share your visit with friends when you get back home.
Hope to see you next year. Wishing you all Happy Travels in your area.
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