How to Experience Cherry Blossom Season in Washington DC

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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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Half Day DC Cherry Blossom Tour

Experience springtime in Washington DC on a 4-hour tour of the city’s key landmarks and blooming cherry trees. You’ll get the perfect overview and orientation to the sites around the Mall, see the White House, and tour key presidential and war memorials, at a season when the Tidal Basin and National Mall are transformed by thousands of pale pink flowers. Travel by climate-controlled shuttle bus on a guided tour that begins and ends in central DC.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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5-Day Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival

During Washington DC’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival, 3,000-plus trees bloom with pale pink flowers, painting Potomac Park and the National Mall with pastel hues. This 5-day tour allows you to experience DC at its most picturesque, without the hassle of planning or navigating through the bustling city. With a full, pre-planned itinerary and hassle-free transportation from Boston and throughout DC, you can relax and enjoy your visit to America’s capital.
  • Duration: 5 days
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Washington DC Cherry Blossom Segway Tour

When visiting Washington DC for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, experience the city like never before on this guided, educational, and entertaining, 3-hour small-group Segway tour. Washington is the US' capital and one of the most popular destinations in the country. Learn about the history of this popular springtime festival while gliding around the city. See the Tidal Basin, the National Mall, and the Washington Monument. Guided Segway training and a helmet are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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