This being our first year for D.C. cherry blossoms, we had a few mishaps getting to see the famous Tidal Basin in full bloom. We live just north of Georgetown and the cherry blossom trees in our neighborhood started blooming around mid-March, leading us to believe that the cherry blossoms at the basin would be in full bloom. One Sunday we took the trek there (and believe me when I say it is a trek. There is absolutely no parking near the Tidal Basin and no public transportation that goes close) with some friends thinking that we would get to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. Might I also point out, that we went on the Sunday that was originally predicted as peak bloom by the National Park Service. Turns out even though the cherry blossoms were in bloom on the Mall, they weren’t in bloom yet at the Tidal Basin.
We went back a few weeks later to catch the Tidal Basin at sunrise on a Saturday and it didn’t disappoint! If you want to see the cherry blossoms, I definitely recommend going at sunrise – not only were we able to see them at peak, but we dodged most of the gargantuan crowds. It was a sight to behold!
It was rainy and cold, but we’re already looking forward to next year!