I have had the great fortune to have seen beautiful places, interesting places and stunningly, jaw-dropping beautiful places. Among the latter ones, I can think of Patagonia in Chile, White Sands in New Mexico, Bryce Canyon in Utah and many others, including the Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC Tidal Basin.
As with most of gorgeous places, one can see picture after picture of the Tidal Basin surrounded by cherry trees in full bloom but none of them really conveys the majesty of the blossoms. Part of the magic are the fleeting duration of their full bloom in early April when they peak in a day or two and then disappear just as quickly as they blossomed, many times rushed by the wind and rain of April showers, as well as the view of the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial.
I wanted to be early at the Tidal Basin to avoid the rush of people but when I arrived at 6:30AM as the sun was rising behind the Jefferson Memorial monument, the place was already packed; some people had arrived at 5AM!
There is an interesting story of the trees, as told by the National Park Service, and you can find it here.
And here are my pictures, the fruits of my early arrival at the Tidal Basin to see the blossoms. Two pictures from 2010 are included.