Washinton DC: Cherry Blossom Festival
Today I am sitting at home, thinking of the trip I took last year to the Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival.
Now, the blooms will be at their peak through about April 6th. And it is one of the most beautiful festivals in America. There are countless events and parades and it is only a three hour drive from Lynchburg.
This from the Official Website of the National Cherry Blossom Festival:
"The 2006 festival marks the 94th celebration of the original gift of the 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, DC in 1912. Come and enjoy the spirit of the season. "
On their website you can find most of the events that will be occurring. And if you go you will not be disappointed.
If you decide to go, I have a recommendation to make your trip more enjoyable. Drive to the Vienna Fairfax Metro Station, park your car and take the subway. Get off on the Smithsonian exit and you are right in the middle of things. If you go on the weekend you can park free. But be sure to leave early in the morning so you do not find yourself hunting for a space.
Please don't let your children climb the trees or break off branches. Last year, I saw many people who even encouraged their children to do this. It is against the law and moreover shows a lack of respect for this wonderful gift the Japanese gave us.
If you are really looking for something great to do this weekend, this is it.
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