Washington DC: Cherry Blossoms 2016 – Part 1

Yes, this blog is all about my love for NYC, but I also love the Northeast! I love the fact that so many amazing cities are just within a couple hours of NYC. In the 3.5 years we’ve lived in New Jersey, I’ve wanted to go to Washington DC but we typically spend all our time exploring NYC. One of the things in DC I’ve really wanted to see are the Cherry Blossoms! I’ve heard they are spectacular, so this year we decided, no more waiting!

I found this website called www.cherryblossomwatch.com and it gives updates everyday on the blossoms in DC. I monitored the website and Facebook page frequently to find out what days were the best to go see the blossoms at there peak. So yesterday, Thursday March 24, 2016, we went on the peak day and it was amazing!

Washington DC is only about a 3 hour drive from where we live in New Jersey. We just went for the day and it was no trouble at all! If you don’t feel like driving, you can take the train to all the big cities in the Northeast. It’s nice to have those options.

Parking in DC wasn’t bad at all. We got a pre-paid spot and paid $15 for a 12 hour time slot, and it was right next to all the sites. You can use sites like this one and use the coupon code “CHERRY2016” for a $5 discount. A big thanks to www.cherryblossomwatch.com for all the tips!!!

This was my first time to DC, so we just relied on info we found online as far as things to see. It was a pretty warm day! It was 77 degrees and very sunny. I even got a little sun burned! We ended up walking a total of 8 miles (thanks to our pedometer app for keeping track!). Comfy shoes and lots of water were a must! Overall, it was an incredibly beautiful day!

Tidal Basin is the famous spot where the cherry blossoms surround a lake with several monuments. It was breathtaking to say the least!! There were a lot of people, but I expected that, especially with the cherry blossoms at peak.

Here are some of my photos from the day:

Cherry Blossoms, Washington DC, March 2016

Tidal Basin, Washington DC at Cherry Blossom peak, 2016

Cherry Blossoms, Washington DC, March 2016

Tidal Basin, Washington DC at Cherry Blossom peak, 2016

Cherry Blossoms, Washington DC, March 2016

Tidal Basin, Washington DC at Cherry Blossom peak, 2016

Cherry Blossoms, Washington DC, March 2016

Selfie at Tidal Basin. The Washington Monument is behind us.

Cherry Blossoms, Washington DC, March 2016

Tidal Basin, Washington DC at Cherry Blossom peak, 2016

Cherry Blossoms, Washington DC, March 2016

The Washington Monument, Washington DC at Cherry Blossom peak, 2016

Cherry Blossoms, Washington DC, March 2016

Tidal Basin, Washington DC at Cherry Blossom peak, 2016

Cherry Blossoms, Washington DC, March 2016

Washington DC at Cherry Blossom peak, 2016

Cherry Blossoms, Washington DC, March 2016

Tidal Basin, Washington DC at Cherry Blossom peak, 2016

Cherry Blossoms, Washington DC, March 2016

Tidal Basin, Washington DC at Cherry Blossom peak, 2016

Cherry Blossoms, Washington DC, March 2016

The Washington Monument, Washington DC at Cherry Blossom peak, 2016

Here is a quick video my husband made of the cherry blossoms:

Next week I’ll do PART 2 to our trip to Washington DC featuring more of the regular sites we went to like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Smithsonian (nice bathrooms), and of course the Whitehouse! We spent a good half hour laying under a tree by the Washington monument as well. So check in next week for more!

Have you ever seen the Cherry Blossoms in DC? What was your favorite thing?

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