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Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Enjoying the cherry blossoms without the crowd

From elsewhere in The Post: A visit to the cherry blossoms can be a
Visiting the cherry blossoms early in the day worked well for Amy Joyce’s family. (Andrew Harrer - BLOOMBERG)
relaxing and picture-worthy family experience — except when the National Mall is so crowded that you’re seeing more tourists than blooming flowers.

If you’re looking to go when there’s less foot traffic, “Head to the Tidal Basin early in the morning, before the tourists can say double soy latte,” says Going Out Guide deputy editor Amy Joyce.

Joyce, her two boys and her husband made the trip Wednesday before going to work and school.

“No crowds. Parking spots — we found no less than five easy spots to slide into along Ohio Drive. And plenty of views.
“A short walk through a muddy baseball field and there we were, with a few tourists, several runners and a couple of families who brought photographers along,” she says.

What are your tips for seeing the cherry blossoms while avoiding the crowd?

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