Annual Cherry Blossom
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Why locals love it
3,000 cherry trees were given to the US in 1912 from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to honor what he hoped would be a long-lasting friendship between Japan and the US. The cherry trees are most prominently seen around the Tidal Basin and the East Potomac Park, adjacent to the National Mall. Each spring, locals and tourists flock to see these blossoms.
Why you should visit it
Similar to New England's season of "leaf peepers", the Cherry Blossom Festival draws many tourists hoping to see the cherry trees "in peak". The festival lasts about two weeks, as more and more activities and celebrations have become part of the ritual of the seasonal ritual. Events include the big parade, tours on foot and bike, and more.
Once the blossoms hit "peak", the Tidal Basin will be mobbed with tourists. Try to go during working hours or just after sunset for clear photo ops.