Spring is finally here!
And while Washington, D.C. is currently occupied by leftists, the beauty and history of this city still makes it worth a visit – especially during springtime!
So if you’re looking to soak in the gorgeous cherry blossoms in peak bloom contrasted against historical monuments – here are the best places (and even a secret place) to check ‘em out right here in our nation’s capital.
Yes, it will be crowded and full of locals and tourists alike.
But there’s a reason.
More than 4,000 cherry blossoms line the path and make their way to the National Mall, pouring out color and beauty.
This iconic spot is best experienced by capturing the classic photo of a blooming tree with the Jefferson Memorial in the background.
Plus – if you haven’t visited DC before – you can check out a host of monuments like the Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, and a bunch of other classics.
A less touristy option, the US Arboretum is a favorite of locals – with paved paths allowing you to walk and explore the trees in full bloom.
While it’s not exactly metro accessible, parking is free. And if you go right when it opens at 8am you’ll beat most of the crowds.
And the good news is – if you love variety – you’ll get to experience more than just cherry blossoms!
Multiple flowering trees make the US Arboretum a must-stop on your Cherry Blossom tour.
“Tucked in on the far eastern edge of DC, the US Arboretum boasts 446 sprawling acres and nine and a half miles of roadways (both cars and bikes are allowed here). The Arboretum is home to several varieties of cherry trees, including three different hybrid varieties that were developed on site. Cherries aren’t the only flowering trees at the Arboretum; visitors this spring will be treated to dogwoods, magnolias, crab apple, and other flowering trees.”
If you’re looking to avoid crowds all together, this little neighborhood in Chevy Chase, Maryland is the perfect secret spot.
Locals know about it – but tourists haven’t yet discovered the beauty of this hidden gem.
Over 1,000 cherry blossoms line the streets of Kenwood with gorgeous homes in the background – making it a stunning backdrop for a beautiful spring stroll.
There’s even a park with a creek (perfect for photo-ops) and the streets are covered with flower petals as they fall– resembling a scene that came straight out of a movie.
And the good news is, if you missed the peak bloom in DC – Kenwood blooms for a few days up to a week later – so you’ve still got time!
You’ll likely find activist protestors – along with lingering mandates and restrictions.
But it’s okay – just ignore ‘em!
Have you ever seen the Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C?
If so, which spot was your favorite?
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