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Tips For Your Weekend Travel

The cool weather may keep some people indoors, but its cherry blossom festival, Easter and the first weekend of Nationals baseball at RFK Stadium. So here is some advice for planning your travels.

Cherry Blossoms.jpg What you're missing. (Robert Thomson)

Getting Around: Downtown Washington will likely be crowded, so it's a good idea to take transit. This link will get you to a printable map and guide to the festival. Here's a link to a Metrorail map.

Events: The big cherry blossom parade isn't till next Saturday, April 14. Big events this weekend are the fireworks at 8:30 p.m. Saturday on Water Street along the Southwest waterfront. The lantern lighting ceremony is Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tidal Basin. Click here to view The Post's events guide for the cherry blossom festival, helpful whether you want to attend or avoid events.

Bikes: Check out those "Blossoms by Bike" tours on the events list. Also, there's free valet parking this weekend near the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial.

Parking: There's free public parking for 320 cars at Hains Point. Or you could drive to the Metro parking facilities and park for free during the weekend, or drive to Union Station, pay for parking and get on Metro, or the Circulator bus just outside the station.

Metro: This time of year always stresses the transit system. On Tuesday, 831,508 riders used Metrorail, making it the second busiest day in the 31-year history of the subway. This weekend, there will be some delays on the Green Line from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day between Greenbelt and College Park as Metro tests new rail cars and the in-service trains share a single track. But that's the only scheduled work in the system.

bus stop.jpg Circulator bus on K Street. (Robert Thomson)

Bus Detours: There are quite a few changes to Metrobus routes Friday through Sunday, because of various events. You can find a full list of them by clicking here.

Tourists: Metro suggests visitors buy the $6.50 one-day Metrorail pass for multiple trips; the one-day pass can only be used after 9:30 a.m. on weekdays, and all day on weekends. For more information on
traveling by Metrobus and Metrorail, call 202-637-7000, or look at Metro's Web site.

Driving: If you're driving on Connecticut Avenue, note that the Klingle Bridge is under reconstruction, you should find two lanes open in each direction. Watch out for the overhead green arrows that signal which lane you should use, and don't confuse them with the nearby stop/go traffic signals.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 6, 2007; 10:34 AM ET
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Anyone know what crowds will be like tomorrow around 10am at the cherry blossoms? And does anyone know if there are good parking garages around there?

Posted by: T | April 6, 2007 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The best parking garage near the Tidal Basin is off Maryland Avenue next to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The entrance is down a hill to the left before you reach the hotel. It's a fairly short walk, but crossing Maine Avenue is rather difficult--the best way is to walk through the tunnel to the fish market and then walk back up that side. This is also the only legal way to make that walk unless you go WAY out of the way.

Posted by: Rich | April 6, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

The earlier the better for the Cherry Blossoms. But, it's gonna be cooooold.

Posted by: Dakota Pants | April 6, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

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