Eight Tips for Surviving Cherry Blossom Season

Posted on Wednesday, Apr 06, 2016

Our experience had its positives for sure, but it definitely had its negatives. In order to survive going out to see the pretty, pink blossoms, you must be prepared or you’re in for a doozy. I’m here to give you the survival guide for probably the busiest weekend all year in Washington, DC:
  1. The cherry blossoms WILL leave you speechless. Pictures can’t capture their true essence.
  2. Do not, I repeat, do not go out to see them at noon on a Saturday.
  3. I’ve heard going out early in the morning or in the late afternoon/evening is the best time.
  4. However, if you do decide to venture out on a Saturday, patience will be your best friend. You’ll need it for maneuvering through the crowds, your transportation to and from the Tidal Basin, and for getting that perfect snapshot.
  5. Speaking of pictures, the ones that frame the monuments (i.e. Washington and Jefferson) truly stand out, in my honest opinion.
  6. Cloudy days do make for better lighting in photos, but nothing beats watching the sun beam through the branches.
  7. If you feel so inclined, have a picnic with some friends! The grass under the trees feels like carpet beneath your feet.
  8. Finally, have fun and soak it all up! Being in DC during cherry blossom season is a rare opportunity, so take advantage of it.

Alexis Mrachek
The Herritage Foundation
Spring 2016- Washington, D.C.