Fast forward to this year and my best friend shared her pictures of a tidal basin walk during the peak of cherry blossom season and they are BEAUTIFUL. Are y'all familiar with D.C.'s blossoms and what a draw they are? There's even a whole festival devoted to them.
Japan gave 3,020 cherry blossom trees as a gift to the United States in 1912 to celebrate the nations' then-growing friendship, replacing an earlier gift of 2000 trees which had to be destroyed due to disease in 1910. These trees were planted in Sakura Park in Manhattan and line the shore of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. The first two original trees were planted by first lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda on the bank of the Tidal Basin. The gift was renewed with another 3,800 trees in 1965. In Washington, D.C. the cherry blossom trees continue to be a popular tourist attraction (and the subject of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival) when they reach full bloom in early spring.
D.C. is a town (city!) that I *love* wholeheartedly. I know it's morally corrupt and the traffic is horrible and there are thousands of things to hate about it, and I probably would if I lived there, but visiting? I love visiting. I think I see a trip in our future.
Anyhow, enjoy her pictures. I certainly have (especially since it means I can consume the splendour of the beauty of it all without (1) having to do so with that many people milling about me (holy crowds!), and (2) exacerbate my poor allergies.
If the pictures of the crowds didn't give you an idea of what it was like, check out this picture of the traffic getting into DC proper.