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Enjoying the cherry blossoms without the crowd

Visiting the cherry blossoms early in the day worked well for Amy Joyce’s family. (Andrew Harrer/BLOOMBERG)

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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