It's that time of year when people go bonkers for trees with little white and pink blossoms. Cherry blossom time in Washington, D.C. Yes, we went down to take a look and yes, it's very pretty. We actually went last Friday afternoon, the day before the festival started. We wanted to avoid as many people as possible. We like to Metro to Arlington Cemetery and walk across the bridge to the Tidal Basin. It's a great walk. You get a nice overview of the trees from afar. And it gets you off a crowded train sooner than if you took it all the way into the city. (I've been trying to map our walks around D.C. See here.)
Officially, the National Cherry Blossom Festival runs through April 13, but the blossoms are at their peak right now. The festival includes activities for kids and traditional Japanese food and drink. (Like a Sapporo beer garden?) There is very little parking available and isn't driving in D.C. a pain in the butt anyway? You can take the Metro to various stations and take nice walks through D.C. and around the Tidal Basin.
You can see our photos at flickr.