The volume of tourists that swarm Washington DC is comparable to Europe's most popular sites. The grandeur of each monument along with the city's rich history make it a world class destination.
Perhaps there's no better place to start the day than at the Tidal Basin. This scenic reservoir thrills visitors each Spring with a brilliant display of Cherry Blossoms. The flowers can be incorporated into any number of creative compositions. For a classic interpretation, one can use the branches to frame the Washington Monument. To further accentuate the delicate blooms, a flash is helpful. In a pinch, you could even use a flashlight to "paint in" a similar effect.