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The cherry blossoms: a fleeting springtime marvel

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In the spring, for just a few days, the trees around the Washington Monument are covered with beautiful white flowers.

During a very short period between late March and early April, the cherry trees that line the Washington Monument are in full bloom. They surround the marble obelisk that stands in the middle of the Mall, surrounded by the flags of all the states. To fully enjoy the show, after a walk alongside the Monument, take the elevator to the top, which is more than 150 metres high.

The panoramic view of the city is glorious. The cherry trees below were first planted by Helen Taft, wife of the 27th President of the United States, in 1912.

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