From mid-March to mid-April, thousands of crabapple and Toshino cherry trees explode into bloom and surround this 2.1-mile path with tunnels of white petals (check cherryblossomwatch.com for peak forecasts). But that’s just one reason to walk (or run) the paved trail encircling the Tidal Basin reservoir. The other is the string of top-tier monuments you pass. Memorials to Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson are scattered along the route, and at night, the water reflects their dramatic lights.
Want to extend your blossom tour? Walk west from the Tidal Basin to Ohio Drive, where the sidewalk sandwiched between Ohio Drive and the Potomac River meanders beneath the branches of Usuzumi, Fugenzo, and Akebono cherry trees.