Each spring, the cherry blossoms lining Washington DC’s Tidal Basin burst into color in a beautiful display of floral fireworks. 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.
Yes, it happens, even as the leaves are turning reddish-brown and falling off. There are several autumn-blooming cherry trees around the National Mall.
The cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are also looking very colorful at the moment, but not in the way they’re best known for. Many of the leaves are turning an orange or reddish brown, making for quite a pretty sight all the way around the water’s edge.
The Kwanzan cherry blossoms along East Potomac Park, Hains Point, near the George Mason Memorial, and the FDR Memorial are all out and looking wonderful.
Thanks to the wintry weather we’ve had recently, most of the Kwanzan cherry blossoms still aren’t blooming.
The Kwanzan cherry blossoms around East Potomac Park and the FDR Memorial haven’t fully popped yet, but it’s possible to find some scattered flowers out.
Photos of 2016’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom Watch Readers. Part 2 of 2.
Photos of 2016’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom Watch Readers. Part 1 of 2.
The cherry blossoms are mostly done now. There are a few late stragglers still hanging on despite the rain, but strong winds tonight and tomorrow morning will likely be a knockout punch.
There are still flowers on the trees, even if they’re well past their prime. At least there are until the rain and wind rolls in over the next few days.
An ultra-high resolution 3-gigapixel panorama of Washington DC’s Tidal Basins with the cherry blossoms in bloom.
The latest information and forecasts on when Washington DC’s cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin will reach peak bloom in Spring 2016.
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.
Consisting mostly of several varieties of colorful tulips, the Floral Library is located at the northeast corner of the Tidal Basin.
If you’re looking improve your photography skills, a hands-on photo tour of the cherry blossoms can be a wonderful way to do it. Here are some recommended local photo tour operators.
Looking to hire a professional photographer for family, engagement, or portrait photos with the cherry blossoms? Here are some recommendations.
If you’re tempted to take photos or video of the cherry blossoms from a drone–or indeed anywhere nearby–don’t do it. Here’s why.