A Spring Weekend in Washington D.C

Your guide to catch Cherry Blossoms 2020 at Washington, D.C

We’re in the last week of February and soon approaching March, which means, Spring is around the corner. Spring is the season when the cold winter hours begin to fade away, and warm, sunny days begin. The early days of spring is when people (and wildlife), come out of their winter shelter, and begin to cherish the warmer temperatures.

Amongst these living beings, there’s one more living organism who is as thankful as the others – The Trees. The trees show their appreciation towards the spring by starting to bloom and show their wonderful colors. The most notable – Cherry Blossoms. There are many places in the world where you could probably go to watch the Cherry Blossom season – Tokyo/Kyoto, Japan for instance. But, if you’re like me, who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money AND are living in the U.S, then going to Washington, D.C. is the perfect alternative.

Cherry Blossoms

When to go to watch Cherry Blossoms?

The best time to go watch the Cherry Blossom season is from the last week of March to first week of April. That is when the ‘Cherries have Blossomed’ to their peak.

How to get to D.C.?

You can fly in to one of the three airports, Dulles International Airpot (IAD), Ronald Reagan Washington National Aiport (DCA) and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). Although BWI is almost an hour away from D.C., the flights to BWI are usually cheaper. So you can fly in to BWI and take an Amtrak to D.C. (which is what we did). Or if you live in the east coast you can just take a train or a bus.

Where in Washington, D.C.?

The best place, and also the most popular, to catch the Cherry Blossom season is at Thomas Jefferson Memorial. It’s located on the southern side of the Tidal Basin which is completely surrounded by the blossoming trees. The Tidal Basin makes for the perfect ‘Instagramming’ spot. I would suggest starting-off at Thomas Jefferson Memorial and then circle your way around the Tidal Basin.

How much do I have to pay to enter?

FREE!

What else can I see while I’m out there?

If you’d like to take a tour of D.C., then there’s plently of things that are of interest, and all of them are located next to each other. You can visit,

  • Lincoln Memorial,
  • The World War II Memorial,
  • The White House,
  • Washington Monument,
  • Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and of course,
  • The US Capitol
  • Also, one thing the I would definitely recommend it to go to Georgetown, as the place is full of European-like buildings which you might like. And also visit the Georgetown Waterfront Park to fully enjoy a good-weather day.

What are my transit options?

There are several options that you can use to trasit while you’re in the US Capitol area. It totally depends on your preference. Here’s a list of options,

  • Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off busses,
  • Electric scooters. There are several companies like Lyft, Uber, Lime and many others who offer this service. All you need to do is to download their App, Scan the bike’s code, and start riding
  • Electric and Non-Electric Bicycles
  • Segway Tours
  • Local Metro Busses
  • By foot! If you like walking, then this is a fairly doable route (Georgetown excluded). I’m not a huge fan of walking, but still I managed to pull this off!

Thank you for reading!

By that, we have reached the end of this post. I hope you found it informative. Let me know in the comments if you did.

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