Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC
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Every spring, Washington D.C. celebrates the arrival of spring and the history of heritage with the Japanese community with the Cherry Blossom festival. The festival is timed to the flowering of the cherry blossom trees that fill out the National Mall. The explosion of striking bright pink color, the knowledge of its impermanence, and the exciting cultural activities that take place during late winter make this an excellent time to visit Washington D.C.

Best Places to see the Cherry Blossoms

While the view of cherry blossoms is lovely regardless of location, there are certain places at which the view is the most scenic. Try the following spots if you're visiting D.C. in late winter/early spring:

Jefferson Memorial: Just across from the Tidal Basin, Jefferson Memorial offers some of the most beautiful views in a historic spot. The contrast of the water with the bright blooming trees is especially apparent here.

Cherry blossoms over Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial: The tall, broad, white structures of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial seem to blend in and reflect the cherry blossom trees which litter the area, making this a scenic place to visit that reflects peace and promotes reflection. Some of the newest cherry blossom trees were planted here in 2011. 

Japanese Lantern: The Japanese Lantern is a sculpture on the banks of the Tidal Basin and is featured prominently in each year's Cherry Blossom festival. It was carved to honor the Third Shogun of the Tokugawa period, and is a twin of the Tokyo Temple's lantern. With views of the Basin, and with cherry blossom trees framing the Jefferson Memorial across the water, this is a beautiful places to see the trees in full bloom. 

Beautiful cherry blossoms bloom beneath Washington Memorial in DC

Tidal Basin Paddle Boats: While the cherry blossom trees look great from land, you'll get a more dynamic view by paddling on the Tidal Basin and renting paddle boats.

Cherry Blossom Events:

Opening Ceremony: Held at the Warner Theater, the Opening Ceremony offers free tickets, but you must get them beforehand. It features traditional and contemporary performances from American and Japanese artists. In 2021, it will take place on March 20 - April 11. 

Beautiful Washington DC cherry blossoms

Blossom Kite Festival: This festival is designed for any kite enthusiast; you can bring your own kite or make one at an activity station. It is held on the grounds of the Washington Monument March 20-April 10, 2021.  

Pink Tie Party: The heart of the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Pink Tie Party is a fundraiser with food, live music, and dancing that is known as one of the must-go events of the year in Washington D.C. attendees often mimic the cherry blossoms with colorful outfits. 

Contact one of the members of our staff for more information on the Cherry Blossom Festival. Hope to see you soon!