LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)– Are you the type of person who likes having a little structure in your day? If so, sightseeing at the National Cherry Blossom Festival is probably no different.
Never fear, though. When it comes to festival tours, the choices are numerous and varied.
For the wanderer
Interested in seeing the District beyond the blossoms? Capital Yacht Charters is offering 60- and 90-minute boat tours departing from the Washington Marina. Sites to be seen from the ship include the Southwest Washington waterfront, the Titanic Memorial, all the Cherry trees on both sides of East Potomac Park, the Anacostia Naval Air Station, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the Pentagon, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, U.S. Capitol Building, the Cherry trees on the riverside of the Tidal Basin, the Lincoln Memorial and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
DC Cruises invites you to to see some of the city’s finest landmarks. Embarking from Georgetown, boats will cruise by the Kennedy Center and eventually get a view of the cherry trees and the Jefferson Monument from the Tidal Basin.
For the night owl…
DC Cruises also offers a moonlight trip along the same route. Enjoy a temperature-controlled atmosphere without sacrificing your view on a boat with panoramic windows and indoor decks.
For the multi-tasker…
A buffet, music and live performances will be offered every day of the week on the Spirit of Washington yacht tours of the Potomac River during the cherry blossom festival.
For the photographer…
Washington Photo Safari is hosting photography workshops at sunrise and in the afternoon daily. Blossoms at the FDR Memorial, the MLK Jr. Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial will be used as a backdrop. A professional architectural photographer accompanies groups, working with one-on-one with participants to improve their picture-taking skills as they make their way counter-clockwise around the Tidal Basin.
For the science geek…
A self-guided tour that goes beyond the basin, organized by the National Arboretum, exposes festival-goers to a wide range of the city’s flowering cherries and the science behind them. More than 30 stops, marked by roadside signs and corresponding numbers on a brochure map, identify different species and cultivars of cherries. The route features trees that are actual clones of the ones planted by Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda in 1912. The route is accessible by car or by walking. The tour brochure is available in the Arboretum’s visitor center located in the lobby of the historic Administration Building.
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