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April 13, 2010
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From journal Cherry Blossom Weekend in DC
April 6, 2006
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October 8, 2005
From journal The Cherry Blossom Festival by Rail
September 17, 2004
From journal Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C.
March 28, 2003
Mostly, it is delightful because of those lovely white-pink blossoms that give the festival its name. Gifts of the people of Japan in 1912, our cherry blossoms bring a special glow to the monuments. When I go to visit the blossoms, I head for the Washington Monument side of the mall. There are cherries right on the Washington monument grounds, which I walk through, heading southwest toward the Tidal Basin (please note, there is some trickly street crossing here.)
On the way to the Tidal Basin, you pass the Tulip Library, usually a riot of color a week or so after the Cherry Blossoms are gone, but sometimes some rich flowers open up to be in concert with their Japanese cousins.
Then you come to the Tidal Basin, which is really the main stage of the cherries. They surround this waterway and frame the Jefferson Memorial and new FDR memorial in white. I like to walk around the Tidal Basin while the cherries are in bloom, or, if the weather is really good, you can rent a paddleboat and paddle out onto the Tidal Basin to get the best view possible.
I will get some pictures up in a few weeks, as my husband and I will be visiting the blossoms during peak season.
Most of the trees on the Tidal Basin are Yoshino cherries, and this is the variety that the peak-bloom forecast is created. Other varieties include the Kwanzan cherries, which bloom two weeks behind the Yoshinos. Indeed, there are almost 1,400 trees of a dozen varieties.
In addition to the beautiful blooms, the Cherry Blossom is a non-stop festival with related art exhibits, parties, a parade, a dinner cruise, and a street festival. For this year (2003) events include:
- Related historical and art exhibits at the Smithsonian
- Childrens events
- Cultural performances (dance, music) at the Tidal Basin (daily)
- A ceremonial lighting of a stone lantern (it's neater than it sounds)
- A dinner cruise on the Odyssey
- The Big Cherry Blossom Parade
- Visiting tall ships, with public tours
- A kite festival (Smithsonian)
- A Japanese street festival
Many, but not all, of the events are free.
The official web site for the festival is:
The best metro stop to get off at to see the Cherry Blossoms is Smithsonian, on the blue and orange lines. Get off on the mall and walk from the Washington Monument as I have described. If you want to skip crossing Independence Avenue, take the other exit from the metro and cross at the light near the Holocaust Memorial.
From journal Wonderful Washington DC