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Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC

By Viator, February 2017

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Thanks to a gift from the mayor of Tokyo in 1912, Washington DC has been home to thousands of cherry trees for more than 100 years. The blooming season comes at the perfect time, when Washington's air starts to warm for spring but the real heat and humidity haven't yet set in. Read on for the best ways to see the US capital in full bloom.

When to Go
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is celebrated from mid-March to mid-April each year in West Potomac Park—with a parade, kite-flying competition, fireworks, and more. While the city's exact peak bloom dates vary each year, they usually fall during the festival.

Where to Go
The most famous places to see blossoms are West Potomac Park, East Potomac Park, and the grounds of the Washington Monument, but the blooms don't end there. For a slightly less crowded spot, visit the National Arboretum and look for the special Okami cherry tree, which blooms early in the season and has a dark, rich color. You can also find the fleeting cherry blossoms in Foxhall Village near Georgetown and in Anacostia Park.

How to Go
Since many of the cherry blossom trees are by the water at Tidal Basin, a Potomac River cruise is a great way to see lots of pink petals in a short amount of time. Or, if you're focused on getting the best photo ops, try a walking tour guided by a professional photographer. See below for even more options.

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Washington DC Cherry Blossom Secrets Stroll, Washington DC, null
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Washington DC Cherry Blossom Secrets Stroll

Hear the story about how three thousand Japanese cherry trees arrived in America’s capital during this two-hour walking tour given in conjunction with the ...  Read more

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

From USD $20.00
Cherry Blossom and Monuments Cruise in Washington DC, Washington DC, Walking Tours
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Cherry Blossom and Monuments Cruise in Washington DC

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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 $22.00
Cherry Blossom Photo Safari at Tidal Basin, Washington DC, Day Cruises
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Cherry Blossom Photo Safari at Tidal Basin

Springtime in Washington DC means cherry blossoms! And one of the best places to shoot them is at the FDR Memorial along the Tidal Basin, where the photo ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $69.00
Washington DC Cherry Blossom Segway Tour, Washington DC, Photography Tours
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Washington DC Cherry Blossom Segway Tour

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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
5-Day Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival, Boston, Segway Tours
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5-Day Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival

Enjoy a 5-day tour of Washington, DC, our nation's capital during the cherry blossom festival. Your tour includes a visit to Ford's Theater, the WWII Memorial, ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $909.00

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