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Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC

By Viator, March 2014

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In 1912, the United States was given 3,020 cherry trees as a gift of friendship, which were planted around Washington DC. Today, locals and visitors can enjoy taking in the beautiful bright pink of these trees, which have actually grown in number.

While spring is the best time to see the cherry trees in bloom, the exact dates vary each year. Usually, the beginning of April is when you’ll find them at their peak. This is why the National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place in West Potomac Park from the end of March to mid-April. Some experiences to take part in include a parade, kite-flying competitions, fireworks, cherry-inspired foods and drinks and the largest Japanese cultural festival in the country.

West Potomac Park isn’t the only place to see cherry trees. The other two most popular places to take in the cherry trees are the East Potomac Park and the grounds of the Washington Monument. That being said, there are quieter places beyond the Tidal Basin to take in the natural beauty of these plants. The National Arboretum is home to about 1,600 cherry trees (with over 76 varieties) in their research and display collections and attracts fewer crowds than the Tidal Basin area. Make sure to find the extra special Okami cherry tree, which tends to bloom much earlier than the other cherry tree varieties and have a darker, richer color. Additionally, you can stroll the streets of Foxhall Village near Georgetown, which are lined with the beautiful cherry trees. The 1,200-acre (486-hectare) Anacostia Park also allows visitors to experience Washington DC’s vibrant cherry trees through gardens, trails and shoreline walks.

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Viator Exclusive: Mt Vernon Trail and Washington DC Cherry Blossom Bike Tour from Alexandria

This 3-hour moderate bike tour lets you experience the beauty of Washington DC during the famous National Cherry Blossom Festival. From Old Town Alexandria, ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00

Cherry Blossom and Monuments Cruise in Washington DC

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Witness the wondrous spectacle of Washington DC's famous cherry blossom trees in full bloom on this weekend cruise on the Potomac River. See top DC attractions ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 50 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.75

Cherry Blossom Lunch Buffet Cruise in Washington DC

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Delight in the glory of Washington DC's famous cherry blossoms in full bloom on this lunchtime buffet cruise along the Potomac River. See top Washington DC ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.35

Washington DC Cherry Blossom Segway Tour

See Washington DC's colorful cherry blossom trees in full bloom on a 3-hour Segway tour, taking place from mid- March to mid-April. Coinciding with the ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00

Viator Exclusive: Cherry Blossom Bike Tour in Washington DC

Experience the beauty of Washington DC in its spring glory on this 2-hour bike tour created specifically for the famous National Cherry Blossom Festival. ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00

Cherry Blossom Riverboat Cruise on the Potomac

Delight in the majesty of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC from this boat cruise on the Potomac. Admire top DC attractions including the ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 50 minutes (approx.)

From USD $18.75

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