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National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, District of Columbia

Tidal Basin, Washington, District of Columbia

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Submitted by: Linda S.

What a beautiful way to spend a Sunday.  Even with all the crowds the blossoms were beautiful and the weather was perfect.   Enjoyed the kids pavilion with all the activities - provided somethin...

Submitted by: Jean L.

DC awash in pink and white ambrosial bliss! Walking from the Washington Monument down and along the Tidal Basin, families and friends snapped photos of each other and for strangers. Kids climbed short trees to take Kodak moments. The sun peeked through just enough for both amateurs and professionals to shoot...

Submitted by: Erin D.

While the trees are indeed breathtaking, the main attractions are: *Tourists in front of you stopping in the middle of the sidewalk and getting upset when you then walk into them. *A stunning array of fanny packs and visors. *Children whose parents don't seem to want to take responsibility for their behavior. *A Metro trip clogged with the above, who get very defensive when you point out that they should be walking if they are on the left side of the escalator. You should also completely avoid the Sakura Matsuri (Japanese Street Festival).  The lines for some of the food booths were over a half an hour long, and there was nothing interesting among the retail vendors. If you want to see great cherry blossoms ...

Submitted by: Caitlyn S.

The Good: Cherry trees! Sunshine! Beautiful Jefferson Memorial! DC pride! The Bad: Tourists! Angry traffic directors! Traffic! Little children! The Ugly: Fanny packs.  Really, that's all. The Cherry Blossom Festival can be managed with the right maneuvering, and will certainly be enjoyed by Washingtonians and ...

Submitted by: Terri Y.

My review will focus on the parade.  I convinced my cousin to go see the parade with her three kids.  The parade goes down Constitution Ave and we took the Metro in, getting on at Dunn Loring and getting off at Federal Triangle.  We got there about an hour early which was perfect for getting a good street location.  I was happy that the crowds weren't bad at all.  I guess everyone was walking around the Tidal Basin. The parade consists of high school marching bands, a few celebrities (American Idol, Ms. American type contestants), cars, horses, cowboys, clowns, superheroes, and local kids.  We also saw some mascots for the Washington Nationals (they must be desperate for advertising since the team is in last...

Submitted by: Amanda C.

The Cherry Blossoms are amazing... I'm sure if I stumbled upon the many trees by the Tidal Basin I would be wowed and taken aback. Standing under the cherry blossoms on a sunny spring day can feel very romantic and paddle boating in the Tidal Basin- what a fun date!! Nevertheless, this place is a total cluster-f%#k and that ruins almost all specialness. I went on a Monday afternoon AND on Saturday and both were super busy- Saturday being a special breed of busyness. It conjured images of the Obama Inauguration -only less happy. The tourists are extremely annoying; everyone walking at different paces, dragging children and walking dogs, stopping to take pictures right in front of where you're taking a picture...

Submitted by: Jim U.

My mom never saw the cherry blossoms before, so I did the needful and took her to DC and made the historic trek around the tidal basin.  It's not for the faint of heart.  The crowds were incredible this year and the strollers are larger than I have ever seen before -- and they are skillfully manipulated by otherwise clueless people so that they are always in your way.  I never understand the logic in taking a 1-year baby along in a stroller along a very narrow path filled with people.  The baby will have no memory of this, but we will all remember the strollers.  Alas, for all of the travails, you are rewarded with beautiful views of blossoms -- and they were everywhere!  Really they were just gorgeous this ...

Submitted by: Derryk A.

Oh how lovely, how wonderful, I'm glade I don't have to work in DC during this time of year too many tourist. But coming here as one of those tourist "at least I'm not a clueless tourist having been living in the Metro area all my life" I still enjoy this rite of spring. Timing is everything with these short life delicate blooms. If you sneeze they are all gone so find out when peek time is and go after that week like another reviewer stated to try to escape the massive invasion of touristas. But don't wait too long. Another area to check out is the Sakuri Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival). Between 12th Street and Penn. Ave. "WARNING" It's a long walk to the Tidal Basin from the Regan Building take the tour ...

Submitted by: Diana N.

The 2008 Cherry Blossoms were gorgeous.  I went on the opening day of the festival when the blossoms are in peak bloom.  My friend and I walked past all the families who were flying their kites, and then wandered along all the blossom trees.  Th...

Submitted by: Mandee N.

The cherry blossoms this year (2008) were beautiful. However, I do not recommend you go see them the first weekend of peak-bloom. People all over the world flock to Washington D.C. to get a glimpse of these precious flowers. Yes, they were pretty. Yes, they are rare. But wait till the second week to go see them, they won't die! Way too many people in one area. It's no longer a fun occasion. You lose the whole essence of the graceful cherry blossoms. The serenity and peacefulness of Tidal Basin are rudely interrupted by families with their strollers, couples climbing on the trees, people walking in on your photos, and children stomping on the flowerbeds. Take a day off work during the week (even a few hours) ...

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