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Washington, DC for Spring Break

Cherry Blossoms Forecasted to Bloom Early in Washington, DC
Cherry Blossoms to Bloom Early in Washington, DC

Washington, DC – Our Home Away from Home

Snow Covered Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC
Snow Covered Cherry Blossoms

We are heading to Washington, DC for spring break.  We have been so excited to see the Cherry Blossoms (they are blooming early) and do lots of outdoor tourist attractions.  Well, everything just came a screeching halt!

Why? Have you seen the weather forecast? It’s been so nice all of February and into March, now it appears mother nature is about to sock it to us.  SNOWSTORM!

So We Have Everything Planned, Now What?

We normally fly to Washington, DC but this trip we decided to drive because we are bringing along The Roadtrip Kid’s brother and great-grandmother with us.  It appears we’re going to have to head out a few days earlier than we planned.  Leaving early is okay, but that sets us up to be really bored for a couple days waiting for the bad weather to pass.  Okay, so I did book a fantastic hotel with an indoor pool, however that isn’t the reason we are going all the way to Washington, DC.  My grandsons had plans to go fishing with their grandpa (he lives in Washington, DC) and we wanted to take beautiful photos of them with the cherry blossoms.

Once the snowy weather passes, things don’t look very promising even with higher temperatures.  Sadly, there is rain forecast for every day of our stay. I guess we’ll be hanging out inside the Smithsonian Museums instead.

Now, for Round Two of Bad News

The second part of our trip took The Roadtrip Kid and I to New York City for 4 days.  Guess what?!  Rain, all four days.  Seriously?!  This is so unfair.  I swear the entire East coast is going to be a sopping mess for two weeks straight.  Yes, I know it’s March, but really?!  I think it’s time to make a  quick alternative plan for at least part two of our trip.  We’ll still go to Washington, DC, but I think we will skip New York City this trip.

Where to Next?

I need to quickly decide if we will head south to Orlando, Florida for a few days or if we’ll bump up our San Francisco trip and take the California Zephyr from San Francisco to Chicago.  Decisions, decisions, decisions.  I think it will depend on what kind of prices I find on flights and hotels.  I sometimes find great last minute deals, but it’s Spring Break.  Prices are always higher this time of the year.

Where Should We Go? Orlando, Florida and Disney World?
Where Should We Go? Orlando, Florida and Disney World?
Go to San Francisco and take the California Zephyr Train to Chicago?
…or Should We Go to San Francisco and Take the California Zephyr Train to Chicago?

What are we going to do?  I guess I will spend my day over at Google Flights, Amtrak and Priceline to see what I can find.  We have been looking forward to this trip for two months.   Maybe we’ll get lucky and the snowstorm will fizzle out or head North and miss us.

Want see check out some of the Washington, DC cherry blossom festivities? Visit 14 National Cherry Blossom Festival Events You Should Attend.  They run from March 15 – April 16, 2017 and it is a citywide festival that celebrates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, DC by the mayor of Tokyo.

*UPDATE* It looks as though it’s not going to be as bad as they said. There will be a little snow/sleet/rain mix in our forecast while in Washington, DC, but the snowstorm appears to have fizzled for the area. Thank God, we were a little worried. Now, we’re anxiously waiting for our adventure to begin.

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