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.
The latest information and forecasts on when Washington DC's cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin will reach peak bloom in Spring 2019.
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.
So what exactly is "peak bloom" anyway? When does it happen? And does it matter?
The National Park Service has put together a video on the topic of how climate change affects Washington DC's cherry blossoms.
Timelapse footage of Yoshino cherry blossoms blooming. It captures about a week of their development leading up to full bloom.
The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are particularly pretty and tend to come out 10-14 days after the Yoshinos. So if you miss the end of the Yoshino cherry blossoms' bloom, the Kwanzans can offer beautiful consolation.
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.
Crowds are an integral part of Washington DC's cherry blossom season. But there are ways you can avoid them and still see flowers.
Looking to hire a professional photographer for family, engagement, or portrait photos with the cherry blossoms? Here are some recommendations.
Springtime in Washington can bring a mixed bag of weather, from stunningly clear spring days to overcast, drizzly, and cool. But there are photographic opportunities in both.
The National Park Service has judged that the trees have reached the "florets visible" stage. Many of the trees are beyond that, and from a distance you can see that the trees are getting a reddish-brown tinge as the bud development progresses.
What a difference a couple of very warm days makes! We've seen temperatures climb into the upper 70s, and that gave the cherry blossoms quite a jolt. The indicator tree now has its first flowers open.
The buds on the cherry trees are making slow but steady progress. They still have some work to do, and they're still quite far behind where they were this time last year, but a couple of very warm days today and tomorrow will help move things along a little.
We're coming out of a cold spell and turning the corner into a milder stretch. The buds are coming along nicely, with most trees now with green buds and some heading into the "florets visible" stage.
The National Park Service has issued their initial peak bloom prediction for the 2019 bloom.
It doesn't feel much like spring--while sunny, it's cold and breezy--but more green buds are coming out.
The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang has issued their initial peak bloom prediction of the season. They predict that peak bloom will fall sometime "between April 1 and 5, centered on the 3rd."
The first green buds are starting to poke through.
There's not much to see on the trees yet. Temperatures for February continue to average a few degrees above normal. And the National Park Service will be announcing their initial peak bloom prediction at a press conference on March 6.
The cherry blossom buds are still wrapped tight for winter, but there are some other scattered signs of spring. Some of the earliest apricot blossoms and other flowering fruit trees are just starting to show some flowers.
Despite some attention-grabbing cold blasts in recent weeks, the temperatures so far this winter have continued to average warmer-than-normal overall. But there's still not much to see on the trees.
Winter finally arrived, with a snowstorm that dumped around 10 inches of snow. But so far, temperatures have averaged warmer than normal.