Spring blossoms along the Tidal Basin

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A view of the Washington Monument. This is one of our favorite photos.
Spring in Washington, DC is an amazing sight. If you ever get the chance to visit, definitely consider early April. Although you'll need a jacket for the morning and evening, the weather warms up around noon to a nice 70 degrees Farhenheit, and you can comfortably walk around the city viewing all the glory Spring has to offer.

We try to visit the Tidal Basin every Spring during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Japanese presented the US with cherry blossom trees in 1912, and ever since they've been a sight to behold. Visitors can stroll past the Jefferson and FDR Memorials and.

We decided to get up early one Saturday and walk around. Parking can be a bit of a pain, and we ended up parking a few blocks past the waterfront.
It was about a mile walk, which wasn't too bad. By the time we got to the Tidal Basin, it was past 10 AM and already swarms of tourists had overtaken the walkway.

There were times when I was ready to throttle the kids almost knocking us down running around the narrow walkway or when parents would scream at their kids to behave. But mostly, George and I just stopped and let the loud people pass and take lots of shots of the blossoms from different views.

We say that one year we'll load our bikes and bike around the Tidal Basin. That might be a stretch, as nearly all times during the day and evening tourists swamp the Tidal Basin to look at the cherry blossoms for themselves. The best time with the least amount of tourists seems to be early morning, as in before 10 AM.
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A view of the Washington Monument.…
A view of the Washington Monument…
Me at the Tidal Basin
Me at the Tidal Basin
The Jefferson Memorial.
The Jefferson Memorial.
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