This post is sponsored by goDCgo, but all opinions are my own.
So I have a confession to make. I’ve lived near Washington, D.C. since I was four years old, and until this year had never gone to see the cherry blossoms. In fact, despite thinking of it every year for the past few years, something always came up. I know, what kind of D.C. person am I?
I was determined to start the tradition of going this year, so we headed into D.C. last weekend. Parking can be tricky in D.C., so we parked at Union Station, grabbed lunch, and headed toward the National Mall and the Tidal Basin.
If you’ve never been to the National Mall, you might be surprised by its size – it’s about two miles from the Capitol Building on one end to the Lincoln Memorial on the other. While I walked it plenty of times on school field trips, it’s a long walk with a family, and especially for a four-year-old. To make things easier on ourselves, we opted to hop on the DC Circulator to get over to the Tidal Basin, where the majority of the cherry blossom trees are.
The DC Circulator is one of the easiest ways to get around DC (my sister actually uses it all the time). It’s only $1 and comes every 10 minutes, so there are no long waits with impatient kids. The Circulator drops off at over 25 memorials, monuments, and museums, making it easy to see everything DC has to offer.
In honor of cherry blossom season each year, the circulator wraps one bus, designated as the Blossom Bus. The pink bus is so fun to see driving around the mall, and the Circulator is running a contest for everyone that spots it! If you spot it between now and April 16, you can share it on social media for the chance to win prizes! We actually spotted the Blossom Bus at the end of our day in DC – I raced to catch a photo, but it was just a bit too far away.
I’m so glad we finally took the trip to see the cherry blossoms. As my girls grow up, I really want to do my best to take advantage of where we live and do more in the city, and I’m hoping that in going this year, we’ve started a new tradition!
Have you been to D.C. to see the cherry blossoms?