<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - ]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcwashington.com/feature/cherry-blossoms-2014 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:35:01 -0400 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:35:01 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Cherry Blossom Festival Wraps Up]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:10:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006112304_1200x675_225549379875.jpg Huge crowds flock to the Tidal Basin on the final day of the Cherry Blossom Fesitval. Derrick Ward reports.]]> <![CDATA[Perfect Day For the Cherry Blossom Parade]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:14:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006107529_1200x675_224630851814.jpg Crowds lined Constitution Avenue for the National Cherry Blossom Parade. Derrick Ward reports.]]> <![CDATA[Large Crowds for Peaking Cherry Blossoms]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:23:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006101397_1200x675_223858243825.jpg The cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin are at their most beautiful and huge crowds are turning out to see them. News4's Melissa Mollet talked to visitors who've traveled a few miles or a few states just to see them.]]> <![CDATA[Where Else to See Cherry Blossoms]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:34:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/184*120/4813cb3.jpg

We all know that an influx of tourists is good for the economy, is good for nationwide morale, etc., but if you want to sit back and look at the cherry blossoms in peace, consider one of these five off-the-beaten-path viewing places for an uninterrupted view of nature.

  • Historic Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown is one of the most scenic areas in the city. Formerly home to Robert Woods Bliss and his wife, Mildred, the estate and the garden make for a perfectly tucked away, perfectly lovely place to view the blooms.
  • The U.S. National Arboretum is not just a primo locale to check out the cherry blossoms; this botanical research center is also home to several other varieties of shrub and floral life. For the botany buffs, an open-air tour will give you the history and habits of the arboretum's blossoms.
  • The Kenwood area in Chevy Chase is (quietly) renowned for its reserved beauty during cherry blossom season. Locals say this is one of the best, least congested ways to take in the cherry blossoms.
  • Well-kept secret Montrose Park is located in Georgetown just a few steps from Dumbarton Oaks. The park is publicly owned and chock-full of open space and beautiful trees.
  • Washington National Cathedral is one of D.C.'s most awe-inspiring structures. The beautiful neo-Gothic design makes it a wondrous place to just sit and exist any time of year, but during the spring when the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom, the cathedral's other-wordly beauty becomes even more apparent.

If you can't get enough of all things cherry blossom, give these a read:

We're collecting the best of the best cherry blossom pictures to post to our site, so tweet your best cherry blossom snaps to @NBCWashington with the tag #cherryblossoms.



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<![CDATA[Cherry Blossom Parade, Street Fair This Weekend]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:08:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/572235651.jpg

The blossoms are just barely blooming, but the National Cherry Blossom Festival will wrap up this weekend with two of its capstone events: the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival.

Both are set for Saturday. The parade (10 a.m.-noon) features "American Idol" winner Candice Glover; Aaron Carter; R&B/Gospel singer Regina Belle; Sheena Easton, and Branden James from "America's Got Talent."

Grandstand seating will set you back $20, but it's free to snag a standing-room spot. The parade will run along Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th streets NW.

The street fair (10:30 a.m.-6 p.m) will offer Japanese food (including plenty of sushi), live performances and a Japanese vendors' market. Admission to the fair is $8 for those age 13 and older; it's free for kids ages 12 and younger. You'll find it at 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Looking for more cherry blossom-related fun? Here are our suggestions:

  • Hit up a local bar or restaurant for special cherry-infused or Japan-inspired menu items. See our picks for cocktails here and bites here.

Find more events here.



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<![CDATA[Ode to the Cherry Blossoms]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:46:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/171*120/4813cb5.jpg We're finally seeing the surest sign of spring in the Washington area: The cherry blossoms.

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<![CDATA[Soaking in Spring With the Cherry Blossoms]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:43:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20140328+Cherry+Blossom.jpg Following a seemingly endless winter, tourists along with people who live in our area are finally getting a chance to soak in spring with the arrival of the cherry blossoms. News4's Pat Collins reports.]]> <![CDATA[Cherry Blossoms Begin to Emerge]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:20:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/165993406.jpg

Spots of pink and white are finally decorating the Tidal Basin -- and soon, it'll be all pink as the cherry blossoms will likely reach peak bloom later this week.

While many cherry trees are already blooming, others haven't. Even on the same branch, some buds are emerging while others haven't popped yet.

On Tuesday, the National Park Service will be looking at trees to pinpoint exact peak, which is when 70 percent of the Yoshino Cherry treets along the Tidal Basin have bloomed.

Right now, the trees are in the NPS calls the puffy white stage. It's the last phase before peak bloom, and means most of the cherry blossoms will be in bloom in 4-6 days, likely this weekend.

That's picture perfect timing, just in time for some of the National Cherry Blossom Festival's key events.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival are both set for Saturday, April 12.

The parade runs 10 a.m. to noon. Grandstand seating is $20, but it's free to watch while standing along the parade route. The street festival will happen 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission $8 for ages 13 and up; kids are free.

When the peak bloom forecast was issued several weeks ago, many were skeptical of the blossoms' timing after a long, harsh winter.

But this year isn't so far off last year, when peak bloom was pushed back several times and finally occurred April 9 after a chilly spring.

"Unfortunately, we are leaving today, but we're happy to have seen this," said tourist Lorraine Johnson on Tuesday.

Visitors are satisfied, and despite the wait, photographers are still able to snap the ideal shot.

"They look very nice," Langlois said.



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<![CDATA[Waiting for Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:13:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/165993406.jpg Tuesday was originally predicted as the beginning of peak bloom for the cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin. But the trees aren't quite there yet. The National Park Service says the trees are in the puffy white stage. News4's Richard Jordan is along the Tidal Basin with a closer look.

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<![CDATA[Submit Your Cherry Blossom Pics!]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:03:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/85741112.jpg

We want to see your blossom pictures! And after the seemingly endless winter we're slowly crawling out of, you want to see the blossoms too, right?

Tweet your photos @nbcwashington. We'll feature many of them here on the website and use some on air, as well.

In the meantime, check out some of our current and past galleries below:

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 



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<![CDATA[Want to See the Cherry Blossoms? Take a Pedicab]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:14:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/154617001.jpg

Now that spring has (finally) arrived, seize the chance to see the cherry blossoms before the National Cherry Blossom Festival ends April 13.

To get you to those pink-blossomed trees faster... OK, maybe not faster, but at least more creatively, Uber D.C. is offering open-air "pedicabs" from April 5 to the end of the festival.

Uber users can request the Pedicab option on the Uber app between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. within Uber's pedicab coverage area. Pedicabs seat up to three people.

Courtesy of Uber DC



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<![CDATA[Cherry Blossom-Inspired Eats: 2014 Edition]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:19:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cherryblossommeal14.jpg

The Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing, and while it’ll be easy to feast your eyes on the beautiful blossoms, they're not quite blooming yet -- so D.C. restaurants and bars want to provide a different kind of feast.

Plenty of local restaurants are offering a selection of cherry- or Japanese-inspired meals to get you in the mood for spring. Check out our picks below:

  • Cafe du Parc (1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in the Willard Hotel) is dishing up grilled Vermont goat cheese on country bread with mache and frisee salad, cherry tomatoes, sherry and dried cherry vinaigrette ($15); a slow-roasted chicken breat with French beans with toasted almonds, couscous with dried cherries and Kriek Lambic sauce ($24), and clafoutis aux cerises (black cherries and vanilla sauce, $10).
  • Russian eatery Mari Vanna (1141 Connecticut Ave. NW) is offering a homemade cherry pie for $6 with their meals until April 13. They previously offered a complimentary cherry vodka cocktail and a cherry vareniki tasting station.
  • Tapas destination Jaleo (three locations in Bethesda, Arlington and D.C.), is toasting the Cherry Blossom Festival with a variety of cherry-inspired dishes, including the Panceta Confitada con Salsa de Cereza (pork belly confit with cherry sauce, $11); the Queso Murcia al Vino Tinto con Mermelada de Cereza y Pan Tostado ("the drunken goat" with Murcia cheese, cherry marmalade and toasted bread, $9), and the Sopa de Frutas Rojas con Helado de Queso (a wild red berry soup with Idiazábal cheese ice cream, $9).
  • Oyamel Cocina Mexicana (401 7th St. NW) is serving up a chile relleno filled with a duck picadillo and topped with a cherry sauce and pomegranate seeds ($14).
  • Zengo (781 7th St. NW) will feature a Dim Sum Lunch Platter, complete with miso soup, shrimp lo mein, and a five-piece dim sum platter for $15. For dessert, the restaurant is offering the Crema Fresca Mousse Cake, made with seven graham cracker crust, yuzu marmalade, warm cherry compote will also be available for just $7. Wash down the meal with a Hanami cocktail, made with bourbon, ginger syrup, cherry hibiscus chutney and fresh lemon juice ($12).

For more cherry blossom-inspired meals, see the list of restaurants on the Cherry Picks Restaurant Program, a National Cherry Blossom-sponsored program run in conjunction with The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington.



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<![CDATA[Big Weekend for Cherry Blossom Festival]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 07:00:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/184*120/4813cb3.jpg Friday's rain should clear out just in time for folks to enjoy all the events going on this weekend for the Cherry Blossom Festival. News4's Megan McGrath is live from the Tidal Basin with a look at what to expect this weekend.

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<![CDATA[Few Blossoms, But Plenty of Fest Fun]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:33:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms582.jpg

It felt like the winter that would never end, but despite the chill lingering in the air, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is well under way.

Granted, the blossoms' peak bloom dates aren't until April 8-12. Here are about a dozen ways to have fun in the meantime:

  • Kimono Fundraiser -- Wednesday, April 2 through Friday, April 4. View more than 1,000 kimonos at the Mandarin Oriental (1330 Maryland Ave. SW). Free.
  • Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival -- Saturday, April 12, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission $8; free for kids ages 12 and younger. Enjoy Japanese food (including plenty of sushi), catch live performances and shop in the Japanese market.

Find more events here.



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<![CDATA[Cherry Blossom-Inspired Cocktails: 2014 Edition]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:26:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cherryblossomcocktail.jpg

Cherry blossom season is a big deal around here -- so it's hardly a surprise that some brightly colored cocktails are celebrating the start of spring.

Local bars and cocktail artists have created a healthy lineup of cherry blossom-themed cocktails in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Here are some of our top picks to help you survive tourist season:

  • Park Hyatt Washington (1201 24th St. NW): Southern Blossom cocktail ($14) made with cherry-infused rye, lemon juice, carpano antica, simple syrup, and cherry bitters with a cherry and flamed orange peel for garnish.
  • Daikaya (705 6th St. NW): Black Cherry Old Fashioned ($10), made of modified Bird Dog bourbon, Daikaya old-fashioned bitters and black cherry syrup, garnished with a twist of lemon peel. Bark & Bite Fizz ($11), made with Lento Kokuto brown sugar shochu and Wild Cherry Phosphate soda garnished with a lemon peel. The Gift ($13), made from IICHIKO Barley Shochu, Cocchi di Torino Vermouth Rosso, Kiuchi no Shizuku and Bittercube Orange Bitters served in a cocktail coupe and garnished with a preserved edible cherry blossom.
  • Barmini by José Andrés (855 E St. NW): six original cocktails ($12-$20 each) created to celebrate four centuries of friendship between Spain and Japan. Yoshimi Kicks the Bad Guys, made from shōchu, freshly squeezed lime and grapefruit juice, simple syrup and shiso leaves. La Japonesa, created from coconut cream, matcha cream, white rum, simple syrup and sudachi. The Nakamura, made with cucumber vodka, Junmai Ginjo sake, fresh lime juice, cucumber water and Wasanbon sugar. Shima ilo Ōjo, made of shōchu, Nigori sake, yuzu and calpico. Sakura Tori, made with gin, Sakura honey, amontillado Sherry, sudachi and orange bitters. Tokyo Soul, made with pisco infused with jasmine green tea, St. Germain liqueur, fresh grapefruit juice and club soda. Cherry blossom-themed snacks will also be provided, including the Unagi Steam Bun ($10) and the Uni Deviled Egg ($7).
  • St. Regis Bar 9 (923 16th St. NW): the Yoshino 1935, created from Japanese single-malt whiskey, cherry liqeur, Dolin sweet vermouth, orange juice, egg white and bitters garnished with branded cherry.
  • Masa 14(1825 14th St. NW): Rosy Rickey ($12), made from a combination of bourbon, house-made cherry simple syrup, fresh lime and soda.
  • Ambar (523 8th Street, SE, 20003), will be giving their Balkan peninsulan dishes a modern twist for the cherry blossom theme -- case in point: the Cherry Cvet, made with srpska trojka cherry brandy, gin, fresh lime juice, cranberry, simple syrup, egg white and bitters for $12.



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<![CDATA[Winter's Impact on the Cherry Blossoms]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:53:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/171*120/4813cb5.jpg Storm Team 4 Meteorologist Chuck Bell talks with the experts about the impact the bitter cold and lengthy winter we've had in our area will have on the cherry blossoms downtown.

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<![CDATA[This Is Cherry Blossom Season?]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:36:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1200-IMG_20140317_131702.jpg

It's the most depressing view the Cherry Blossom Cam could possibly show: an expanse of bare, dark trees above a landscape of snow. The look is completed by an oppressively gray, cloudy sky.

This is not the view most people want to see two days before the start of spring.

Nonetheless, there are subtle developments on the blossom front. A few rogue trees have already bloomed, like one on Q Street NW near Logan Circle, pictured above. (It's between 14th and 15th streets, if you're desperate to find it for yourself.)

And despite this seemingly endless winter, the Yoshino cherry trees along the tidal basin entered their first stage of bud development over the weekend, the green bud stage.

The National Park Service recently predicted the blossoms' peak bloom dates to be April 8-12, and it's an estimate they're sticking with despite this week's latest snowstorm.

However, you'll get to enjoy the view even sooner, since the peak bloom date is actually defined as the date that 70 percent of the trees are open along the Tidal Bason. We're sure you'll enjoy them even when that percentage is just 50, or 40, or 25.... Hey, it's been a long winter. We'll take what we can get.

Florets will become visible about 16 to 21 days before peak boom, and the obviously best-named phase, Puffy White, usually falls four to six days in advance. See descriptions and photos of the blossoms' phases on the NPS website here.

And although you might want to bring a jacket, the National Cherry Blossom Festival itself kicks off Thursday, running through April 13.

Some festival highlights:

  • Pink Tie Party, a fundraising gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center -- Wednesday, March 20 ($200/person)

Find more events here.



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<![CDATA[AAA Warns Cherry Blossom Festival-Goers About Parking]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:41:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20130405CBSpotlight.jpg The Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing and that means thousands of people will head to the National Mall to see the Cherry Blossom trees. But before you head out, AAA is warning drivers about parking rules along the Tidal Basin. News4's Richard Jordan has more.

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<![CDATA[Despite Snow, Peak Blossom Dates Announced]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:13:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/11am-blossoms.jpg The National Park Service predicts the blossoms will reach peak bloom April 8-12, and experts said the extreme cold we've been having won't hurt the trees.]]> <![CDATA[Cherry Blossoms Forecast For April]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:00:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000005645912_1200x675_182380099861.jpg The National Park Service announced today that peak bloom for the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin is April 8th - April 12th. News 4's Kristin Wright found out that many people are using that as a sign that Spring is right around the corner.]]> <![CDATA[Alexandria Gets In on Cherry Blossom Fun]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:20:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/shutterstock_126202988.jpg

At this point in winter, nothing sounds better than D.C.’s famous cherry blossoms in full bloom on a gorgeous spring day. Of course, D.C. isn’t the only place with cherry blossom-related festivities.

Alexandria, Va., is hosting its own celebrations to coincide with the National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C. The festival will give tourists and locals alike a chance to explore Alexandria’s history through food, tours and everyone’s favorite spring blooms.

Check out the events Alexandria has planned for its cherry blossom extravaganza:

New Old Town Alexandria Cherry Blossom Food Tour

This is where to be to get a flavor (literally) of Alexandria. The guided walking tour includes fun facts about the city’s architecture, a lesson on the history of cherry blossoms in D.C. and -- obviously most importantly -- samples of cherry-centric dishes at local restaurants.

The tours will run Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. from March 22 to April 12. You can book a tour for $49 via D.C. Metro Food Tours.

Blossoms by Bike River Ride

If you want to get a little more exercise with your cherry blossoms, this is the activity for you.

Bike and Roll is offering three-hour bicycle tours of the cherry blossoms that span from Old Town Alexandria into D.C. via the Mount Vernon Trail. The tour extends all the way to D.C.'s tidal basin and includes more history lessons on those beautiful buds.

The tours will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from April 4 to April 13, departing from Bike and Roll Alexandria at the Alexandria waterfront at 1 p.m.

Tours can be booked for anyone 13 and older for $40. You can reserve a tour now at Bike and Roll’s website.

Cherry Blossom Boat Tour

Here's a rare opportunity to see the cherry blossoms from a new perspective. The Potomac Riverboat Company is offering cruises along the Potomac River to Georgetown that will showcase fresh views of the cherry blossoms and monuments.

The cruises will run Saturdays and Sundays from March 29 to April 13, departing from the Potomac Riverboat Company (1 Cameron Street) at the Alexandria waterfront at 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 3:30 and 5. p.m.

Tickets are available at the Potomac Riverboat Company’s website for $26 (adults) and $14 (children ages 2-11).

Kimpton's "Blossoms and Bubbles" Package

Tourists, pay attention. Kimpton Hotels is offering a blossom-themed hotel package that includes handcrafted cherry blossom soap, a $25 room credit for meals and parking, and a bubble welcome for the kids to enjoy.

The packages will be available March 20-April 13 at the Hotel Monaco Alexandria, Lorien Hotel and Spa, and Morrison House.

Rooms can be booked at Kimpton’s website.



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<![CDATA[Things to Do (Besides the Cherry Blossom Fest)]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:13:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cherry-blossoms141600627.jpg

D.C.'s famous Cherry Blossom Festival is in full bloom, and that means more people, longer lines and more planning. If you want to swim outside of the mainstream for the next few weeks, while still maintaining maximum fun, then our night-by-night review of some of the best things to do in the city is for you.

Week of the 24th:

Friday 3/28: Wizards Game

Few things bring people together more than a shared hatred for a mutual enemy. Even if the hatred is fleeting (we don't want to hate anybody), we can't think of a better way to bond with your fellow District dwellers than to cheer for your home team at a national sporting event. Friday night, Wizards play the Pacers at the Verizon Center, and tickets can be purchased as low as $25. Score.

Saturday 3/29: Dinner on U Street and the Infamous Stringdusters at the 9:30 Club

A Saturday night spent on U Street is a Saturday night well spent. Grab dinner at one of U Street's many eateries -- Ben's Chili Bowl's notoriously long lines aren't nearly as bad when the sun goes down -- and then walk a few blocks over to the 9:30 Club on V Street to enjoy Grammy-nominated group The Infamous String Dusters.

Sunday, 3/29: Camp David

Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright takes a theatrical look at the 13-day ordeal known as the Camp David Accords. The play features an award-winning cast, including Richard Thomas as President Jimmy Carter, Hallie Foote as Rosalynn Carter, Ron Rifkin as Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and Khaled Nabawy as Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Curtains go up at 2 p.m., but if you can't make it, don't worry! There are plenty more showings through the month.

Check back next week for another round of ideas to avoid the crowds during Cherry Blossom season.



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<![CDATA[Metro to Halt Track Work During Cherry Blossoms]]> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:33:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_132373919.jpg

Metro will take a four-week break from most track work during cherry blossom season.

Major track work is not scheduled for the weekends of March 22-23, March 28-29, April 5-6 and April 12-13. Trains will run at regular weekend intervals on all lines (every 6-12 minutes during daytime hours).

Metro said the only planned weekend work during the break will take place after 10 p.m. Sunday evenings, ridership is light.

"While the weekend work is necessary to rebuild the system's infrastructure, we are in a position to take a few weekends off to allow the region's residents and tourists to enjoy the season," said Metro General Manager Richard Sarles in a statement. "Taking Metrorail is the best way to get to and from the National Mall during this busy time of year."

On average, Metro ridership increases by more than 15 percent during cherry blossom season, and weekend ridership can double to near-weekday levels if the weather is nice. Metro will run more eight-car trains than usual during this time.



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<![CDATA[Best-Kept Secret for Cherry Blossom Viewing]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:29:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/dumbarton_oaks.jpg

Love the cherry blossoms, but hate the crowds at the Tidal Basin?

Although the crowds will inevitably descend on us this (and every) spring, a slightly more northern spot offers similar views without all the people.

Dumbarton Oaks might be the best-kept secret for cherry blossom viewing. Situated at 31st and R streets NW in Georgetown, the 10 acres of gardens and pathways are lined with cherry trees.

Dumbarton Oaks was founded in 1920 by Mildred and Robert Bliss, who found their ideal country house and garden in the District. At one point, the property had 53 acres with a 19th-century mansion at the highest point in Georgetown.

The grounds had been neglected, but the Blisses worked on the gardens for the next 30 years, planning every detail. Now Dumbarton Oaks offers beautiful views at all times of the year.

During the spring, the gardens are open daily, except Mondays, from 2-6 p.m. General admission costs $8; students, kids ages 2-12 and seniors get in for $5. Season passes are available.

And don't forget to send your best cherry blossom pictures to isee@nbcwashington.com when the time comes!



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<![CDATA[Images: Cherry Blossoms 2013]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:35:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/blossoms-full-size-165342487.jpg The blossoms are slowly starting to open around the Tidal Basin after a colder-than-normal March and chilly April delayed the beginning of the cherry blossom season.

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<![CDATA[Think Pink: Cherry Blossoms Through the Years]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:39:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/192*120/80389898.jpg Gear up for the Cherry Blossom Festival by taking a look back at images through the years.

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<![CDATA[Your 2013 Cherry Blossom Parade Pictures]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:00:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/e31b3292d66c4caab6d756ca8053229f.jpg The best shots from 2013's Cherry Blossom Parade as submitted by you, the viewers.

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<![CDATA[Photos: 2013 Japanese Street Festival]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:00:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/japan-fest.jpg Thousands of folks flocked to 12th & Penn to celebrate the Japanese culture and quite possibly the tastiest food ever at the 2013 Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival.]]> <![CDATA[Images: Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:35:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/181*120/blossomfireworx015.jpg The Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival -- part of the 2013 Cherry Blossom Festival -- were lighting up the skies near the waterfront Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Photos: 2013 Blossom Kite Festival]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:37:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/kites.jpg Thousands headed outside to watch the skies at the 2013 Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall.]]> <![CDATA[2012 Cherry Blossom Pictures]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:38:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/PHOTO163574971169958454477main.jpg Check out some of the best images from the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Send your pics to weather@nbcwashington.com or use hashtag #dcgram on Instagram.

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<![CDATA[Your 2012 Cherry Blossom Instagram Pics]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:38:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*160/99cd60a2738f11e181bd12313817987b7.jpg Check out some of the best images from the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Send your pics to weather@nbcwashington.com or use hashtag #dcgram on Instagram.

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<![CDATA[2011 Cherry Blossom Scrapbook]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:39:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1109653891.jpg Check out the latest in adorable-flower photography.

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<![CDATA[Your 2011 Cherry Blossom Pics]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:35:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms116.jpg NBC Washington readers share their photos.

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<![CDATA[Cherry Blossom Scrapbook: 1941 Edition]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:39:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/165*120/1941posing.jpg The Cherry Blossom Festival is a time-honored tradition. Let's take a trip back to 1941 to see what the Tidal Basin looked like back then.

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<![CDATA[Cherry Blossoms Expected to Draw Large Crowds]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:30:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006094510_1200x675_223304771779.jpg The height of the Cherry Blossom Festival is bringing out large crowds. The trees are officially at peak bloom, and the weather is perfect for enjoying the new floral landscape. News4's Megan McGrath spent the morning down at the Tidal Basin, where tourists and photographers were already enjoying the view. ]]>