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Cherry blossom peak views delayed in 2013, but did not disappoint Special

By Leigh Goessl     Apr 12, 2013 in Travel
Washington - This week Washington's cherry blossoms reached peak views. The peak had been delayed several times this year due to cold snaps in the weather. Yesterday was perfect cherry blossom viewing weather.
In 2013, Washington's cherry blossom trees did not peak as early as originally anticipated, but once they did bloom, it was a spectacular view. This week the flowers finally peaked and it was definitely worth the wait.
Just three weeks ago the Washington region saw some snow, but this week, temperatures soared and it felt more like July. A gorgeous view on the Tidal Basin as most of the trees were fully opened when I went downtown yesterday.
The National Park Service notes "peak views" are when 70 percent of the trees are bloomed. On Thursday, it appeared to perhaps be even higher than that.
The Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off on March 20, and few blooms were to be seen anywhere downtown at that time. Initially peak was expected between March 20 and March 25, but this was delayed to April 6. Then the date was delayed again.
While usually the flowers peak during the festival, it doesn't always necessarily coincide. Even without the flowers, the festival continued, as is the custom.
This year the blooms just made it as the festival concludes on Sunday, April 14. This writer walked around the Tidal Basin in order to catch views at every angle. Throughout the day the blossoms drew large crowds.
Here are some of the other views that could be seen yesterday:
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