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One of the best things Washington, DC has to offer besides seeing endless and endless monuments is the GORGEOUS cherry blossom season. The cherry blossoms typically bloom from March to early April. This year’s cherry blossom season is March 26- April 9. DC’s quite proud of their cherry blossoms and will celebrate it with an opening ceremony, a parade, family day events, and other great events you aren’t usually interested in until you wake up one day driving a mini van with 2 screaming kids watching SpongeBob Square Pants on their portable DVD players. Anyhow, here’s Washington, DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival website.

A quick history lesson:

In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo gave DC a few cherry blossom trees to plant in the Tidal Basin. Then the U.S. gave them a few dogwood trees. They celebrated their friendship. Woo! In 1965, the US got a whole lot of trees (3,800) from Japan. Now, DC has a whole lot of cherry blossoms. The End. For a more detail summary look it up in Wikipedia.

Moving on.

Three great ways to enjoy DC’s Cherry Blossoms:

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1. Picnic: If you’re visiting from out of town, save some money by hitting a market and buying some fresh fruit, crackers, and cheese. Find a nice spot underneath the trees and away from the porto-potties and hang out. How many times are you going to be able to enjoy seeing thousands of trees explode like cotton candy? Note: it’s normally chilly during this time of year. Bring a sweater.

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2. Walking: Sure, it’s going to be CROWDED… like… damn! a whole school bus of kids with purple hair just walked into my picture!! But take it in as the though the glass is half full. After all, the beautiful part of this cultural event is being engulf in a microcosm of diversity. You’ll very easily hear a Southern drawl, Chinese, Indian, French, Spanish all while walking around Jefferson Memorial. Sit back, enjoy the view and listen to how diverse America is.

3. Run: Okay, no really… running in DC is extremely popular. While running around the Tidal Basin during this event may be damn near impossible on the weekend, try running during the less-crowded weekday. Also, the National Marathon is typically held during the Cherry Blossom season. I know, you’re on vacation, but I saw you eat that $5 Dove ice cream bar back there. Run your vacation weight off! Attempt the half marathon (12 miles) in the most breath taking (literally) backdrop. How many times are you going to run by Jefferson, Lincoln, and Washington while they’re dolled up in pretty pretty pink flowers? Oh Japan… what a emasculating joke you play… Kudos to you.

(Find more information about the Cherry Blossom Festival in the WanderRegions section of our site.)

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