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With the news of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser closing area roads and parking lots around DC’s springtime treasure, the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms, here are some other spots around the area perfect for a socially distanced walk. Walks are free and staying away from the Tidal Basin will ultimately help save lives but staying away from crowds.
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- U.S. National Arboretum – The National Arboretum’s Visitors Center and National Bonsai and Penjing Museum are not open to the public. However, the grounds and outdoor garden collections are open for socially distanced walks and exploration. The arboretum is home to lots of different cherry trees. Being 412 acres, this is a great place to visit as a Tidal Basin alternative if you’re feeling a bit stir crazy at home.
- Tenleytown area – Along Nebraska Ave. NW, just outside the Japanese Ambassador’s residence and across from the National Presbyterian Church lies a block’s worth of gorgeous blossoms. With American University currently out of school until the fall, the area should be a little less populated.
- Hains Point Loop Trail – The Hains Point Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile loop perfect for warm and sunny DC spring days. There are lots of different species of cherry trees to gaze at as you stroll near the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. The National Park Service advises to watch your step as there are some parts of uneven pavement.
- Kenwood, Maryland – The suburban neighborhood near Friendship Heights is a great place to stroll through without tons of crowds. A local developer planted cherry trees to get people to buy in the area in its origin in the 1930s and ’40s. Today over 1,000 trees blossom every spring in the neighborhood, making a spectacular pink and white canopy of blooms.
- Tidal Basin Live Feed – If it is not safe for you to be outdoors during this time (if you’re a senior citizen, immunocompromised, etc.) the Trust for the National Mall has a live feed of the blossoms. It’s a great way to stay connected from the comfort of your own home.