The 2-week period from the end of March through early April is all about the blossoms: fireworks, a parade, food vendors, daily updates on when the blossoms are peaking and transportation tips. Tourists are more noticeable than ever, with their cameras hung around their necks on the Metro and their maps opened up to directions to the most well-known viewing area.
In a week marred by chilly temperatures and some rain, I was happy to see the sunshine on Tuesday and set out for downtown DC after work. I walked down to the Tidal Basin, between the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial, and was just stunned by the sight. I joined lots of other people in walking under a canopy of white blossoms stretching over the path, taking photos and just breathing in the loveliness. Some people were picnicking under the trees, which was a great idea to remember for next year. One commuter was snapping photos out of his car as he drove past.
Today I joined a walking club for a stroll through Kenwood, a suburban neighborhood that is known to locals as another prime viewing area. The streets were lined with the trees and many of the large homes were also framed by them. There were temporary no-parking signs on the narrow streets and some police on hand to keep things orderly as cars paraded through amidst walkers having to walk single file to create a path for them. Some enterprising girls had bake stands set up and we enjoyed a cookie break under one tarp during one of the few showers that probably kept the crowds down.
I’d encourage anyone able to come down and experience this at least once.