It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas… In DC, that means cherry blossom time!
It’s peak bloom for the famous Cherry Blossoms on the Tidal Basin – which means fighting traffic and crowds to be able to see them.
Actually getting to the Cherry Blossoms can be a bit stressful, but once you get there it’s oh so worth it.
Nancy Parrish is among the locals who decided to come out to see the famous trees early. “I knew I could get a place to park. It’s the perfect time of year, that’s why I love this city.”
For sisters Simone and Dahlia, they’ve been coming to get their pictures taken at the Tidal Basin all of their lives.
“We come every year, the girls were born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, so it’s important to come out and get a family photo here,” says their mother.
“I like it,” says Simone. “But, my little sister won’t cooperate.” Dahlia says she likes getting her picture taken, sometimes.
It’s baby’s first bloom for Maize, her parents wanted to make sure she experienced the beauty before they move to Oregon. “We’ll hopefully get some pictures so we can show them to her to remind her of our time here in DC.”
If you plan on joining the 1.5 million people at the Cherry Blossoms this weekend, a few things you need to know: Do not touch the blooms, don’t climb the trees or try to take a flower home with you; that could actually get you arrested.
No drones are allowed but selfie sticks are OK.
The best bet to get to the Tidal Basin is to take public transportation or get dropped off. Metro riders should exit at the Smithsonian stop.