Goodbye Cherry Blossoms, Hello Spring in D.C.
The abrupt end of the cherry blossom in D.C. serves as a reminder not to miss out on the offerings of your home town. While you’re daydreaming about far away places, it’s important to remember to notice the beauty and opportunities that are waiting right at your fingertips.
This past weekend marked the first true occasion worthy of shorts this year and the blossoms were in full bloom. The sheer number of pink fluffy trees surrounding the tidal basin is breathtaking. The views are certainly worth the risk of being knocked into that not-so-clean water by a number of very serious tourist shielding the glare on their iPhones while hanging onto one of those forbidden branch oblivious to anything and everything that doesn’t fall within the scope of their lens.
As tempting as it is to find a place away from the crowds and surrender to a small patch of grass, getting there early and walking the entire circumference of the basin is a must. The view continues to shift as you walk with each perspective revealing something more beautiful. The Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Capitol dome, ducks, willow trees and maybe even a cat in a tree.
Best places to kick back and enjoy the blooms once you’ve completed your stroll:
1. The Roosevelt Monument steps
2. The grassy area behind the Festival stage
Both these spots offer ample people (or dog) watching and room for a picnic.
Don’t be afraid to be a tourist in your own town. Some of the most beautiful things only pop up for a short period of time and you’ll be glad you didn’t miss them.