Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC

By Viator, March 2016

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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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