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Poll: Are you planning to go to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms?

Cherry blossoms in D.C. (staff photo by Vernon Miles)

The National Park Service tweeted out a bloom watch update: the cherry blossoms are at a phase called ‘peduncle elongation’ — roughly stage 4 of 6 for the blossoms — meaning peak bloom is just around the corner.

Cherry blossom season often evokes a mixed reaction in Alexandrians and others around the region.

On the one hand, it’s a marvel and a visually staggering experience to see the banks of the Potomac lit up in countless pink blossoms.

On the other hand, it has something of a Fleet Week reputation where the locals know to get out of town and avoid the dense tourist crowds.

That bloom is likely to hit peak this weekend or early next week. The Washington Post reported that the “indicator tree” at the Tidal Basin, which typically blooms a week ahead of the others, reached peak bloom this past weekend. During that time, the Tidal Basin will likely be packed with crowds enjoying the colorful bloom.

Of course: Alexandrians don’t have to go to D.C. to enjoy cherry blossom season. There are several events and cherry blossom tours around Alexandria, though many of the latter do involve trips to the iconic cherry blossoms along the D.C. side of the Potomac River.

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