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Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 03/23/2011

See the cherry blossoms at their peak

Peak bloom for the Yoshino cherry trees won’t span a weekend, says the Park Service. (Ann Cameron Siegal)
Even on this gray day, there’s some springtime news: The National Park Service says the peak bloom period for the cherry trees by the Tidal Basin will be shorter than predicted. Now, the best times to see the blossoms are March 29-April 1.

That means your best bet is to plan a mid-week excursion to go see them. If the weather cooperates, an evening stroll under the blossoms would be a perfect date night.

Or, go on April 1 and take a Lantern Walk with a National Park Service ranger. The two-hour walks begin at 8 p.m., after the crowds have gone home, so you can traverse the Tidal Basin with only the light of lanterns and the moon to illuminate the trees. A ranger will fill you in on all the juicy cherry blossom history. The tours kick off Saturday with the beginning of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and continue Fridays-Sundays through April 10.

Get more details on the peak bloom prediction from this post on The Buzz and check out our guide to the festival to plan your visit.

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