3. I recommend taking the Metro in. Unless you are staying right in downtown DC, the Metro is a super easy option. My husband always likes to drive in, but I voted for the Metro & it was a great idea. The kids had a blast taking the train in & there was o dealing with the crazy DC traffic, especially during the busy tourist season. Although, I would not recommend taking a group of kids on the Metro during rush hour. I haven’t done it & really don’t plan on it! There is parking if you do decide to drive, but plan accordingly on where to park as the traffic is busy downtown & can be hard to navigate if you don’t know the roads well.
5. Make sure to have a spot for everyone to ride or old enough to walk. We used two strollers & everyone had a spot to be. A wide double stroller would be hard to manage with the large crowds. My oldest definitely would get tired of walking so a riding kick board on one of our strollers was a great option. For really little ones, I would definitely pop them in the carrier if they are happy in one! While we were down there, we also took a stroll by some of our favorite DC stops: the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, & more. It definitely helps to have those strollers as we did a lot of walking!
6. There are other ways to see the cherry blossoms if you can’t make it downtown. You could take a river cruise on the Potomac or paddle boat on the Tidal Basin. Check out deal sites & websites before you plan on that option. Other favorite spots that have been recommended are: Kenwood in Maryland and Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna.