Sometimes you gotta wait for the best things in life.
The highly anticipated cherry blossoms have been hibernating, despite the National Park Service predicting that they would reach peak bloom starting Wednesday. But with temperatures expected to reach the 70s this weekend, the blossoms should appear just in time for thousands of spring-starved tourists.
Since the National Cherry Blossom Festival is likely to be crowded, we’ve come up with the best ways to to see the blossoms and avoid some of the traffic.
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The D.C. The Blossoms! Tour is the official 2013 Cherry Blossom Festival bus tour by OnBoard. Take beautiful pictures of the cherry trees while hearing a little history about the blossoms . The tour departs from the Old Post Office at 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. every day. Tickets are $69.99 for adults, and $59.99 for children under 12.
What’s better than getting a little exercise and seeing the blossoms at their peak? Capital Bikeshare is offering a 5-day membership for $15 and will provide a staffed location at 12th Street and independence Avenue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the Festival weekends. To see the entire station bike map click here.
Forget about the hassle of finding a parking spot; take Metro instead. WMATA is delaying weekend track work to accommodate those wishing to see the cherry blossoms. Get off at the Smithsonian Station on the Blue and Orange lines or L’Enfant Plaza Station on the Blue, Yellow, and Green lines. Visitors can purchase a $14 Metrorail One-Day Pass for multiple trips. The One-Day Pass can be used for unlimited travel on the day it is first used.
There are a variety of bus options to take down to the Tidal Basin. These Metrobuses stop within one half-mile of the National Mall: 7Y, 11Y, 13F, 13G, 16F, H1, L1, N3, P1, V7, V9, X1 and 52. For additional information about specific routes and fares, visit the WMATA website.
For just $1, the Circulator is one of the easiest ways to get around downtown D.C. With only five routes, get off at Capitol Hill.
Once you go, we want to see your cherry blossom pictures! Tweet them to @nbcwashington with the hash tag #nbcblossoms