My timing was perfect. I arrived in our nation’s capital on March 25, 2017 and sure enough, the highly celebrated cherry blossoms were in bloom! Google says it is 1.6 miles from my hotel at Dupont Circle to the blooms on the Washington Mall. But it’s a vast space and at the end of the day my tracker logged 17,863 steps!
It was well worth the walk. The 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held March 20 through April 15. The Cherry Blossom Parade is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018.