A little birdie once told me that I must not let the spring season end without experiencing the cherry blossom in all its glory. Thankfully, the starting of spring caught me in the capital city, Washington DC, and I was able to experience it there.
A little history…
A cherry blossom is a flower of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese Cherry. Currently, they are widely distributed, especially in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere including Japan, Nepal, India, Taiwan, Korea, Mainland China, West Siberia, Iran, Myanmar, and Afghanistan. Well, as mentioned above, I caught the fever in DC.
Unfortunately, the fever I caught only lasted for a day, but it was worth it. My experience started in the surroundings of the Tidal Basin. What is this? The Tidal Basin is a partially man-made reservoir between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel in Washington, D.C. It is part of West Potomac Park and is a focal point of the National Cherry Blossom Festival held each spring in DC. To be specific, I travelled throughout the Jefferson and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials as well as other popular sites near the cherry blossoms.
How I got to the Tidal Basin…..
I took the Metro! You can use the Blue, Orange or Silver lines and exit at the Smithsonian Metro stop. From there, it’s a 10-15 minute walk to the Tidal Basin Welcome Area, located at 1501 Maine Avenue SW. Via Metrobus, the 32, 34 or 36 routes will drop you at the National Mall, near the Washington Monument. A 10-minute walk south will bring you to the welcome area.
Nuff said! Check out some images that my incredible photographer who wishes to remain anonymous captured.