Monday, April 27, 2015

Spectacular Weekend for Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC

Spring in the Baltimore-Washington area starts when our snow bells bloom. However, it is the blossoms of the many varieties of cherry trees that signal spring has arrived.

Snow bells blooming in early spring

Washington Monument surrounded by Cherry Blossoms

The Tidal basin in Washington DC is a wonderful place to see cherry trees in bloom. The Cherry Blossom festival is a yearly event attended by approximately 1.5million people. Even I, a local, brave the crowds to enjoy the beauty of the location.

Photo of the Washington Monument from the Tidal Basin during Cherry Blossom

Lincoln Memorial during Cherry Blossom festival

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.

Cherry Blossom trees against the Smithsonian castle

Smithsonian Castle garden with Magnolia trees in full bloom

Magnolia trees in full bloom by the Smithsonian castle

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.

Fun photo- Looking as if holding the Washington Monument with one hand

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.

The Smithsonian castle garden during Cherry Blossom festival

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

A bunch of Cherry Blossoms in a tree

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.

Photo of Magnolia trees in full bloom

Washington Monument surrounded by white cherry blossoms

Hope to see you next year. Wishing you all Happy Travels in your area.

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