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April 12, 2018

Washington D.C. Cherry Blossoms | The United States National Arboretum

We knew we wanted to get to Washington D.C. to see the Cherry Blossoms. What we failed at was trying to get up there during a week-day to beat the crowds. This was supposed to be a post filled with beautiful Tidal Basin images of the Cherry Blossoms! After three hours caught in traffic, we made other plans.

The United States National Arboretum 

 Google maps showed us road closures for the 10 mile Cherry Blossom run which made our plans change quickly. We knew there were Cherry Blossoms tours at the United States National Arboretum, so we take a trip there instead! It was a bit further out from the Tidal Basin and closer to the Maryland line. The ride was a bit tricky at first. After going under tunnels and missing the service road entrance into the Gardens, we had to make a u-turn to get back on track. Once inside the Arboretum, there was no lines or huge crowds. Thank goodness!
We were able to make our way through the Gardens through maps and the use of our car to take in all the sights. While it was a bit too early for all the blooms to arrive, the Cherry Blossoms were right at peak.
We ended up going on a self guided Cherry Blossom Tour and were able to see the gorgeous blooms in person!

The Capitol Columns

While we drove through the Arboretum, we stopped at the renowned Capitol Columns. There was planned construction taking place and the water from the pool was dry, so we didn’t get to see it in all it’s glory but it was beautiful none the least! It is quite the popular spot and we get a lot of requests for proposals at the site. And we can see why!
Not too far from the columns are the additional gardens, arches, and a beautiful Cherry Blossom tree in an open field. Quite a stunning place to see in person! What we loved most was how open the entire space was.
It’s the perfect place to picnic or even take your pup for a walk! We loved that there were no entrance fees or parking fees! That’s a win in our book, especially when it comes to D.C. Parking alone can cost $25 and up!

We’ll have to make a trip back when things are in full bloom for the full effect of the gardens. And next time, we’ll bring Mo! But for now, enjoy the images from our trip!

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