Every spring I try to make it out to the Tidal Basin area of DC to check out the beautiful display of cherry blossoms. Yes, it gets insanely crowded and you will want to punch everyone that is in your way, but it's totally worth it! I would recommend going very early in the morning (especially if you work nearby), or go after work on a weekday like I normally do. It's still crowded, but not nearly as soul-crushing as a weekend day can be, trust me. It's also tricky to get there right at the peak bloom time, but with a little planning and patience it can be done!