Monumental Bloomin’ Hike (easy)

Celebrate the new spring in Washington with an easy 4-plus-6-mile walking tour of major memorials and monuments during peak bloom of the beautiful cherry blossoms. The first leisurely 4 miles (0.8 blisters) include all major monuments and the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park; the optional and faster-paced second 6 miles (another 1.2 blisters) include Hains Point in East Potomac Park, with sweeping views of the river. Both parts include many of Washington's best and famous cherry blossom trees.

Part 1 highlights include: Enid A. Haupt Garden, National Mall, Washington Monument, Ellipse, White House, World War II Memorial, Constitution Gardens, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Reflecting Pool, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Potomac River (cherry trees), FDR Memorial, Martin Luther King memorial, and Tidal Basin (cherry trees). Part 2 highlights include: Jefferson Memorial, George Mason Memorial, East Potomac Park along the Potomac River (cherry trees), Hains Point, and East Potomac Park along the Washington Channel (cherry trees).

We'll meet at 9:30 am near the Ripley Center kiosk on Jefferson Drive, near the Smithsonian Metro station's Mall entrance and next to the nothing-could-be Freer Gallery.  Leashed dogs and kids (leashed or otherwise) are OK to come along. You may bring a bag lunch with you, or (my preference) buy junk along the way; bring water.

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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