With the cherry blossoms at a peak this weekend a unique way to see them close up is to take a trip down the Crescent Trail from Bethesda along the Potomac, through Georgetown, around the Lincoln Memorial and finally down to the Tidal Basin. This is almost a 24 mile round trip from Bethesda. The trail begins in the middle of downtown Bethesda.
The trail ends in Georgetown but it is easy to connect to the trail from Rock Creek Park around the Kennedy Center area. The first part of the trail starts at Bethesda Ave a block and a half west of Wisconsin Ave. A building being constructed on Bethesda Ave. does make the entrance to the trail a little hard to see but it is on the right hand side of the construction site. With only a couple of cross streets in the downtown area.............
the trail soon comes to the shaded park like section of the trail down to the Potomac River. The trail is almost all downhill to the river about 3 miles from the start.
Soon after getting to the Potomac River the trail parallels the C&O Canal down to Georgetown.
Biking along the Georgetown waterfront is one of my favorite rides. On weekends and nice days like this past week it can be a little crowded with pedestrians.