Every spring, nearly 1,700 cherry trees lining Washington DC’s Tidal Basin burst into color in a beautiful display of floral fireworks. The cherry blossoms, or sakura, symbolically mark the beginning of spring. It also provides the inspiration for Washington DC’s cherry blossom festival, one of many celebrated around the world. But the peak bloom period lasts only a few days, and precisely when it happens varies each year. This site brings together information about visiting the cherry blossoms and Washington DC, peak bloom forecasts, and up-to-date photos to help you make the most of your own visit or follow along from afar.
Most of the snow has gone from around the Tidal Basin, and the cherry trees don’t seem any worse for wear after making it through the Snowzilla blizzard.
The cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are sitting amongst deep snow, and the Tidal Basin itself is frozen over.
Temperatures have been seesawing, but the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are still very much in winter mode.
I’ve had a number of people ask whether the cherry blossoms are blooming early because of the warm weather. So I decided it was worth a visit to the Tidal Basin for some new photos.
There are still a few more leaves to come down on the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, but for the most part the branches are bare as the trees settle in for the winter.
If you’re curious about how the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin look in the summer, here are some photos taken this morning on a beautifully clear and still day.
The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin have come and gone for the year and are now getting replaced on the trees with green leaves.
The cherry blossoms are well past their prime now and on their way out, but as of this morning there are still plenty of flowers to see.
The cherry blossoms are losing their petals quickly now, and today’s rain will help speed the process along.
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The short answer is that there’s no easy answer. On average, the peak bloom occurs sometime around the last week or so of March through the first week or so of April. But precisely when during that period varies year to year. So here’s the longer version.
Some local recommendations on where to stay if you’re visiting from out of town to see the cherry blossoms.
Information on the best ways to get down to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms, including by Metro, by car, and by bike.