I've lived in DC for almost a year now, and no matter how many times I pass the National Mall ("The Mall"), I still can't get over how amazing it is. It is a whole different experience though, an even cooler one, when the cherry blossoms have bloomed. Of course, there were tourists EVERYWHERE when I went, so I did have to be patient in order to get pictures without tons of people in them. I would still do it all over again though! Whether you live in DC or not, a trip down to the Tidal Basin and the National Mall where the Cherry Blossoms are is beyond worth it. Ziggy came with me too-- and although he can't talk, I know he enjoyed it...especially because of all the attention and pets he got from tourists. Note-to-self: If I'm ever super broke, go down to The Mall and let people pay a $1 to take pictures with Ziggy. I'd make a fortune...or at least enough for a new pair of shoes.