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Tips for getting around on one of the busiest weekends for local travel.

Sunday update: Kite festival has now been canceled because of wet weekend.

Metro's SmarTrip card is a better value this season.

The cherry blossoms are nearing full bloom, drawing crowds to the Tidal Basin. Will drivers be drawn to the toll-free ride on the 495 Express Lanes?

Watch for crowding throughout the coming week on the streets near the Tidal Basin and on Metro as the cherry blossoms reach their predicted peak bloom.

Expect crowds in D.C. for Cherry Blossom Festival events, a Nationals exhibition on Friday and NCAA basketball on Saturday.

Commuters are adapting to many bus changes. Meanwhile, the D.C. region begins a very active week for sports events and the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Because the festival brings extra crowding, Metro won't be doing any major weekend track work until late April.