Date Range: March 20-29, 2016
Summary: We made it to DC in time for the Cherry Blossoms! We stay with Tom’s Aunt Adele in Arlington and make multiple trips into the city to see what we came to see, plus a whole bunch of other amazing things we found in our nation’s capital.
Washington, District of Columbia
Getting Into the City – Metro, Bike, Drive
What to See in Washington, D.C.
Tidal Basin (Cherry Blossoms)
Interesting Facts: The original shipment of 2,000 cherry trees to the U.S. were found to be infest with bugs and had to all be burned and destroyed. The second shipment of 3,000 were planted. In 1997, in cooperation with the United States National Arboretum, cuttings were taken from the documented surviving 1912 Yoshino cherry trees shipment to ensure preservation of the trees’ genetic lineage. These trees will be used in subsequent replacement plantings to preserve the genetic heritage of the grove. Find out more about the History of the Cherry Trees.