. . . missed your peak. Maybe your timing was off. Maybe you just can't bear Tidal Basin traffic. Either way, you don't have to despair if you miss the cherry blossoms' main event. With smaller but still stunning displays, other locations offer impressive alternatives.
The blossoms in Bethesda's Kenwood section draw spectators as well as bees.
(File Photo/Michael Williamson -- The Washington Post)
About 1,200 white-blossomed Yoshino cherry trees line the streets of this Bethesda neighborhood north of Little Falls Parkway and River Road.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
The park, at 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court in Vienna, has 220 trees that tend to peak about a week later than those in other areas. Admission: $4, $2; 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. Call 703-255-3631.
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