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Kenwood Cherry Blossoms 2018

Everyone knows Cherry Blossom season is a magical time in Washington DC around the Tidal Basin, BUT EVERYONE and their mother wants to experience that magic.  As a DC Metro native, I’ve gone every year for the past few years and many times as a child.  And it’s so crowded you can barely walk around the basin!  My only advice is to be there by 7am because even around 8am when we arrived last year it was already getting packed.

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Kenwood Cherry Blossoms

BUT THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE.  Dun dun dun…I present Kenwood Cherry Blossoms in Bethesda, MD.  I learned of this idyllic neighborhood practically down the street from my house from a neighbor.  I’d wanted to check it out but never had a chance.  Well this year when I finally made it down to DC at sunrise just a week after peak bloom, it turned out to be the day of the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler.  All the streets were clogged with runners or blocked for the event.  With no parking, we sadly headed back.  Luckily on the way back home, I remembered we would pass Kenwood.  So a little detour we took!  I do have an Insider’s Guide to DC Cherry Blossoms if you are dead set on seeing the trees at the Tidal Basin.

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And am I glad we did!  This neighborhood is charming to say the least.  The streets are lined with cherry trees and there’s a little stream to boot!  I literally thought a hobbit was going to jump out somewhere it was that adorable.  And the streets aren’t marred with cars because you are not allowed to park there!  I’ll definitely be back to this quaint little nook next year for the Cherry Blossoms!

Parking for Kenwood Cherry Blossoms

You can park at the Landy St. Parking lot and access the neighborhood through the Capital Cresent Trail.  It’s a very easy short walk (I did it carrying a 19 month old).  Take the first left off the path and you’ll be right there.  There is no parking in the Kenwood neighborhood itself.

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