Here are a few photos I took on my quest to see the cherry blossoms. The best way to enjoy the cherry blossoms in D.C. is to walk around the Tidal Basin, which is fed by the water from the Potomac River. The walk around the Tidal Basin is about 2.1 miles, but it's a fun one because you'll be walking underneath a canopy of flowers.
According to the park guide, "the Japanese believe cherry blossoms are best experienced when a temple complements the scene. The Jefferson Memorial serves this function."