Thursday, March 19, 2015

Fairfax self-guided cherry blossom tour

Visit Fairfax, the county's tourist organization, is promoting a "self-guided tour of the area's splendid gardens." Three locations are listed, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, River Farm, and Green Spring Gardens. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is held between March 20 and April 12. According to Visit Fairfax, "During the Festival, visitors are encouraged to check in at the main desk at each garden to receive a special complimentary momento. Log onto the individual websites or call for hours and directions."

While the self-guided tour is geared toward motorists, it's possible to do the tour by bike. Using Google Maps bicycle directions we plotted a self-guided cherry blossom tour based on those three locations. We have not tried the routes and cannot recommend that you use them. Long sections of the W&OD and Mt Vernon Trails are included. From a quick review of the map, the least bike-friendly sections appear to be the short sections on Columbia Pike and Braddock Road.

If you try these routes, let us know about your trip.

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