Over the weekend, I went to Washington DC to catch the Cherry Blossom festival. Having previously caught the Cherry Blossom in South Korea, I thought it will be similar. However, the thousands of Sakura against the backdrop of historical landmarks like the Jefferson Memorial or Washington Monument gave the Washington DC Cherry Blossom a very different feel. The sakura were in full bloom in the first week of April. The best place to view the blossoms would be along the Tidal Basin. One of the nearest metro would be Smithsonian Station. I was lucky to arrive on the Friday right before the festival on Saturday. So I had a “sneak peak” of the sakura with less people. Apart from the sakura blossoms, magnolia trees were also in full bloom, and might even be prettier than sakura.
I stayed in the Capitol Skyline hotel through my entire trip there. It is situated quite centrally, within walking distance to capitol south metro. Most attractions are around the vicinity, so I don’t have to spend hefty amounts travelling to and fro. Sometimes, I even walk back to the hotel. The area is generally quite safe.