WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Metro officials say the rail system saw high ridership this past weekend due to the nice weather and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.

According to Metro, riders took 638,474 trips on the rail system on Saturday. That is the highest ridership for a Saturday since the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on October 30, 2010, say officials. In addition, Saturday's ridership was nearly double that of an average Saturday.

Sunday was busy as well: ridership was 405,154 trips, making it the busiest Sunday on Metrorail since July 4, 2010.

If you're still planning on going to see the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin, Metro officials say you can skip the crowded Smithsonian station and use the National Mall include L'Enfant Plaza, Federal Triangle and Arlington Cemetery stops instead if you don't mind taking a short walk.

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