This weekend I went to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. My mom came to visit and we went on down to the National Mall to check out some cool trees.
First off, I swear the trees blossomed over night. On Friday after class, there were barely any blossoms on any trees. Fast forward to Saturday morning, there are blossoms on the trees, and the city is filled with people!
When I tell you that I have never seen the National Mall so crowded, I’m not kidding. Take a national festival, add a few protests, and you have yourself tons of people. I’ve never seen so many people in all the years that I’ve been visiting the Mall. It was so crowded that the subway didn’t even stop at the Smithsonian station (to get to the Mall) due to overcrowding!
At the end of the day, however, it was worth it. The cherry blossoms are absolutely gorgeous! This past weekend was apparently the peak weekend for the trees, and the Cherry Blossom Festival wrapped up this weekend just in time!
The sky was the clearest it has been in the past few weeks too. The last time I’ve seen a sky so blue was in Puerto Rico last year! We took some time to relax on the lawn in front of the Washington Monument, and just took in the scenery.
We proceeded to walk up and down the street and passed the Smithsonian museums. We walked through a sculpture garden and took a quick break in front of the fountain there. It was nice to take a break from life and just enjoy the great weather for once.
If you’re ever in town for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Here are few tips.
1. Get there early!
Crowds get bigger as the day goes on, that’s no secret. If you’re going, plan your trip down to the Mall early, that way you can beat some of the major crowds that day. Another alternative would be to go down there late at night, by then most of the families visiting will have cleared out for the day.
2. Have back up transportation plans.
It’s no secret that D.C. doesn’t have the same volume of people compared to cities like Manhattan. Having said that, the festival brings even more people into the city, which isn’t that normal for the D.C. Certain metro stations, like I said earlier, can shut down due to overcrowding. So make sure you have alternate transportation plans like Uber or a friend who has a car to get around!
3. Have fun!
Despite all the crowds, the Cherry Blossom Festival is very beautiful. Take your time, soak up the sun, and take pictures of the trees. It may not be a once in a life time experience, but is definitely a once in a lifetime feeling. How often do you get do just enjoy the world around you?