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Lara
03-25-2011, 07:07 PM
I have tomorrow off but not next weekend, and was debating whether to try to make it to DC for the cherry blossoms. Can any kind FSUer tell me if it'd be worth it or too early? The organizers posted a twitpic saying blossoms were appearing but it's hard to tell. I know it won't be warm unfortunately. :(

The other thing I was wondering was where I could reliably park without entering city traffic (especially not being an experienced driver). I'd be happy taking the metro, and I know there are park and ride spots but my concern is how early they'd fill up especially in festival time. Any help would be appreciated!

orbitz
03-25-2011, 08:51 PM
I think it's too early. Probably later in the week will have better bloom. You can try the WashingPost.com; it usually has a Cherry Blossom section.


Where will you be coming from? That will help you decide which metro station to take.

Garden Kitty
03-25-2011, 08:54 PM
Here's a National Park Service cherry blossom webcam (http://www.nps.gov/cherry/cherry-blossom-web-cam.htm)

The first day of the festival is Saturday (http://www.washingtondc.com/guides/cherry-blossom-festival.html?tag=pb). I'm sure they're not at their peak, but if tomorrow is your only chance to go, it sounds like it could still be pretty.

Jenya
03-25-2011, 10:12 PM
It's also supposed to snow on Sunday (well, snow mixed with rain, but still), which might not be ideal cherry blossom weather. :lol:

mon125
03-25-2011, 10:55 PM
If you are driving in, you should check for street closures as tomorrow (Saturday) is the National Marathon: http://www.nationalmarathon.com/Home_Page.htm

Wyliefan
03-25-2011, 11:13 PM
It's also supposed to snow on Sunday

:wuzrobbed

I CANNOT TAKE any more snow. :drama:

Artemis@BC
03-25-2011, 11:26 PM
Come to Vancouver instead -- we got cherry blossoms a'plenty:

http://www.vancouversun.com/3954439.bin?size=620x400

http://www.vancouversun.com/4493554.bin?size=620x400

http://www.vancouversun.com/4493214.bin?size=620x400

http://www.vancouversun.com/2671604.bin?size=620x400

DianeO
03-26-2011, 12:32 AM
I heard a news report early this morning saying they'd be at their peak on Tuesday.

Michalle
03-26-2011, 01:11 AM
Will they still be there in June?

Norlite
03-26-2011, 02:09 AM
Will they still be there in June?


The blossoms, no. The trees, yes.


Bummer they're so early, I'll be driving through DC in the middle of April on my way to Florida. I would have loved to see them!

gkelly
03-26-2011, 03:19 AM
The blossoms will still be there, but not necessarily on the trees.

orbitz
03-26-2011, 04:50 AM
Will they still be there in June?

The Cherry Blossom festival is for the next two weeks, so the flowers will be in bloom within the next two weeks and then they'll be gone.

Parking space downtown is always an issue. It's free on Sunday, but I'd say you have to get down there by 6am to find get decent parking.

deltask8er
03-26-2011, 05:13 PM
The other thing I was wondering was where I could reliably park without entering city traffic (especially not being an experienced driver). I'd be happy taking the metro, and I know there are park and ride spots but my concern is how early they'd fill up especially in festival time. Any help would be appreciated!

I'm sure it's a nightmare, but I've heard one exception.

My parents visited with two friends a couple of years ago. I met them for dinner at the end of the day (a weekday, I think), and they told me how they were able to see this, and that, and that...all in one afternoon?? How?! :confused:

Their friends have handicapped parking priviledges ;) . They even got to drive THROUGH Arlington National Cemetery.

skipaway
03-26-2011, 05:29 PM
My sister and I went last year. We took the Metro in from the Vienna, VA station. I think we got to the station around 10am. There was a line from the train tracks out to the parking lot. The Vienna train is last in line and so once we got on the subway, we had seats. Those who got on the subway as we made it into the city ended up with standing, sardine like until the last station. It took us about 90 minutes to get into town. (mainly because of the line to get on the subway) Going home was equally packed (didn't help that there was a Nationals Game that night). Still parking is very hard to find in DC, I'd take the Metro again, but I'd plan ahead (buy ticket upfront instead of waiting in line for the dispensers) and go earlier. Have fun if you go.

Lara
03-26-2011, 07:03 PM
Well, I didn't end up going today but thanks - I knew it couldn't match up to a few years ago when I lucked out on sunny, 70+ degrees and peak bloom...basically a perfect day. I've since realized how rare that must be!

But I'd still like to go down soon so parking advice is always appreciated! For someone who asked I'd be taking 95 south from Philly (I presume, if there's a good alt route let me know).