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DC Cherry Blossom Guide: What you need to know in 2014!

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© April 9, 2014 (Photo by Holly Morris/FOX 5) © April 9, 2014 (Photo by Holly Morris/FOX 5)
WASHINGTON - Are you Cherry Blossom bound?  You should be! The National Cherry Blossom Festival is right in our backyard, and we've got all the details you need to know to make your visit the best ever.

CLICK ON THE VIDEO ABOVE TO WATCH OUR GUIDE TO THE 2014 NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL!

Events list
This one speaks for itself. What’s happening at the Festival? From the parade (April 12) to concerts and everything in between, find it all here.

2014 Festival App
Going to check out the Cherry Blossoms in DC this week? There’s an app for that. The 2014 Festival App is available for iPhone or Android devices. It’s free, and gives you great info for planning your trip in advance—from event schedules to directions to tour info. It’s a must-have for anyone visiting this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival!

Blossom tours
The only question here is how do you want to see the blossoms? On foot, by bike, by Segway—or how about from the water? Click here for details on who’s providing tours this year, and how you can book your spot!

How to get there
Metro? Cab? Pedicab? Water taxi? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. You’ve got lots of options for getting around this year, so here’s a breakdown:

Metro: There’s no Metro stop that’s super close to the Tidal Basin, but your best bets are the Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines ) or L’Enfant Plaza (Orange, Blue, Yellow and Green lines) stations. Remember: If you’re a tourist and you want to avoid the $1 per ride surcharge for using a paper fare card, spring for a plastic Metro card instead. They’re now available in machines at all Metro stations. Click here to plan your trip.

Metrobus routes that stop within a ½ mile of the Tidal Basin include the 7Y, 11Y, 13F, 13G, 16F, H1, L1, N3, P1, V7, V9, X1 and 52. For more information about specific routes and fares, visit the WMATA website.

Uber app: This year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is teaming up with Uber, the app that connects you with a driver at the touch of a button, to make sure you have reliable and convenient ride to and from the festival without the hassle of driving and parking!

Uber lets you request a swanky black car, SUV, or low-cost uberX sedan ride at any time using the Uber iPhone and Android. You can track the arrival of your ride on your smartphone, payment is cashless (no need to tip!), and you’ll even receive a text message when your driver arrives.

Sign up with the promo code CHERRYBLOSSOM for $20 off your first ride (new users only. not valid on uberTAXI).

Pedicab: National Pedicabs start at the Smithsonian Metro stop, and are personalized to your liking! Get all the details here.

Water taxi: Hop aboard a water taxi to the Tidal basin from Georgetown (or from the Tidal basin to Georgetown – DC’s shopping and dining hot-spot). Tickets are $20 round trip or $12 one way, and must be purchased online in advance from www.DC-Cruises.com.

Capital Bikeshare: They’ve partnered with the Festival to host bike corrals during each weekend of the festival. These are temporary docking locations staffed by their operations teams that allow members to return bikes without searching for a station with an open dock. Corrals will be located at the Ohio Drive & West Basin Drive SW (MLK & FDR Memorials) station. For dates and times, click here!

Big Bus Tours: They’re the official bus tour of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and if you use the code NCBF2014, you’ll get 25% off! Click here for details on tours they’re offering.

Driving and parking
The Tidal Basin is accessible by the following routes:

Interstate 395 from the South
Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway from the North
Interstate 66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29 from the West
U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the East

Handicapped parking is designated along West Basin Drive at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Additional handicapped parking is available along southbound Ohio Drive on the Washington Boundary Channel side of Hains Point, north of the intersection with Buckeye Drive.

During the festival, Ohio Drive will be one way going northbound between Inlet Bridge and 23rd St.


Stay connected
Get the latest on the National Cherry Blossom Festival by connecting on social media!

Like the official National Cherry Blossom Festival Facebook page
Follow the Festival on Twitter: @CherryBlossFest

Official website: http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/




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