Insider's guide to the National Cherry Blossom Festival

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The National Cherry Blossom Festival is officially underway. You're thinking you might want to go see the trees once they start blooming, but you'd rather not fight the crowds.

We've found some spots and events where you're less likely to find the tourists. Here's an Insider's Guide to the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

It's the iconic image of spring in Washington: The cherry trees around the Tidal Basin. There's another large grove of them at Hains Point, but the third largest grove is a new one. Two hundred trees were recently planted at Oxon Run Park in Southeast Washington.

If you need a double dose of spring in Washington after all our snow, then how about combining the blooms of spring with the boys of summer? One of the games in the Nationals first homestand does just that. It's called Blossoms and Baseball.

The festival is also promoting fitness, and on Saturday mornings at 10 there will be special workouts at the Jefferson Memorial.

If you'd like to get your exercise by riding around on two wheels to see the trees, you could end up on a bicycle that's specially decorated by Capital Bikeshare.

One of the festival partners is the National Park Service. There are a slew of talks, walks and tours starting this weekend. They include running and biking groups and dog walks as well as the little known lantern walks, which happen as the sun goes down.

If your priority is enjoying the festival with young children, there's the Blossom Kite Festival on March 29 (

WUSA 9's Andrea Roane and Mike Hydeck will be hosting the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 12th. You can join them in person at 10 a.m. or watch the parade here on WUSA9 airing at noon.

For more information on festival events plus programs run by the National Park Service go to: - the National Cherry Blossom Festival - National Park Service Tours


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