Annually, an estimated 22 million people visit the nation’s capital. The Cherry Blossom Festival alone sees an average of 1.5 million visitors over the four-week period. To put that in perspective, just over half a million people actually reside within D.C. on a ‘normal day.’ Nothing ruins a vacation like weaving among tourists, school trips, and strollers while trying to get the perfect picture of the Tidal Basin. Enjoy your trip to the District by using these six tips to escape the crowds.
Instead of fighting the crowds around the Tidal Basin, enjoy scenic waterfront views of the blossoms from this quiet alcove. The grove was erected in honor of the 36th president and was one of his and Lady Bird Johnson’s favorite spots to stroll and get away from the pressures of D.C. This quiet oasis is the perfect place to get away from it all and still see the famous cherry blossoms.
Tour the monuments at night
Most of the monuments and memorials are open 24 hours a day. Skip the crowds and head to the mall after dark. You’ll miss the tour groups and throngs of families – and there’s something magical about the Jefferson at night.
Book your stay in North D.C.
Get out of the hustle and bustle – look for hotels or AirBnBs in Columbia Heights, Petsworth, and Woodley Park. These smaller neighborhoods have great rentals and are far less crowded than staying in the Arlington area.
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