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These are so beautiful. I haven't been up there for a festival in a very long time. It's so hard to predict when they will be blooming to even plan a trip. Not to mention, I can't get over the traffic up there around the mall area. It is just plane ludicrous. DC needs to start thinking of building public garages for tourists who want to drive to DC. Is sure would make things easier. I don't mind the Metro but it doesn't make enough stops between the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial and walking in the high heat that far is dangerous.