Seeing the Cherry Blossoms should be on everyone’s bucket list but you have to be very flexible as timing is critical.
The weather has a big impact on how long the blossoms will stay on the trees. This year they were late blooming as it has been a very long cold winter. On Friday, April 11th, we had the day off and decided since it was supposed to be a nice day we would head to DC to see the blossoms. They were calling for the blossoms to peak that Sunday. In the past when we went to see the Cherry Blossoms, we went on a weekend. It was always crowded. The subways were packed, standing room only on the trains, fighting to get off and on the metro. This year was a pleasant change. We started at the Glenmont Station (red line) and switched to the blue line at Metro Center and got off at the Smithsonian stop.
We were pleasantly surprised that it was not crowded on the metro. We had no problem getting a seat or switching trains to the blue line. Once we got off at the Smithsonian we headed to the tidal basin. On the way you pass by the Washington Monument.
But the best was yet to come as we arrived to the title basin. There were crowds and the trees were in full bloom. You could take pictures without waiting for people to get out of your way. On a Saturday or Sunday this place would be packed with people.
As you can see there was plenty of room to walk without bumping into other people. We were able to take some great pictures that day.
We walked around the title basin, and saw the Martin Luther King memorial and ended up at the Lincoln Memorial before walking to Arlington Cemetery.
After arriving at the cemetery, we made our way to the tomb of the unknown soldier. Just as we got there they were about to change the guard. This is a very moving ceremony if you have never seen it before.
We walked between 8-10 miles that day. Exhausted, we took the metro from Arlington Cemetery back to Glenmont Station. Make sure you have $5 left on the metro card as you will need it to get out of the parking garage (but its free to park in the garage on the weekends). Take plenty bottles of water and a snack with you as there is limited places to buy things. There is so much to see in DC that you can not see or do everything in one day.