Washington DC's Cherry Blossoms 2022

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.

Latest Updates

Cherry Blossom Watch Update / Kwanzan Edition: April 12, 2021

The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are in full bloom and looking beautiful.
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Reader Photos 2021 | Part 2

These are some of the beautiful photos of 2021's bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom Watch readers. This is part 2.
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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 7, 2021

The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are mostly done now. You can still find plenty of flowers, and some trees have more than others. But most of them are on their last legs.
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Reader Photos 2021 | Part 1

These are some of the beautiful photos of 2021's bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom Watch readers. This is part 1--more to come.
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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 5, 2021

The cherry blossoms are past their prime now, some trees have lost more petals than others, and green leaves are coming through. But there are still plenty of blossoms out, and they're still looking lovely.
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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 2, 2021

The cherry blossoms are past their prime now but have held up well so far against the rain, wind, and cold.
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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 30, 2021

The cherry blossoms are still going strong and looking beautiful. Yesterday's wind didn't affect them much. It's only when you look at them up very close that you can see that they're just starting to get that papery look as they start moving past their prime.
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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 29, 2021

A fast-moving storm last night was followed by a windy night. And it was still cool and breezy this morning. The wind hasn't had much effect on the cherry blossoms--it's knocked a few petals off, but not many, and the flowers are looking strong. The magnolias haven't fared as quite as well, but they're...
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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 26, 2021

There are quite a few cherry blossoms out now. The vast majority aren't quite there yet, but as you walk around the Tidal Basin, it's easy to find at least some flowers out and the occasional early-blooming whole tree. And the saucer magnolias are in bloom and looking wonderful.
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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 23, 2021

The cherry buds are coming along nicely now, and there's been quite a bit of change since last week. Some of the white petals are starting to poke through. The NPS judged that 70 percent of them had reached the "extension of florets" stage as of yesterday.
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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 16, 2021

The very warm weather of this past week added a jolt of energy to the buds. They've been coming along nicely since then, with more florets becoming visible, but still have a way to go before we start seeing blossoms.
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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 7, 2021

Some green buds are starting to come through, but they're not yet on the majority of the trees. A warm week coming up with push things along.
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NPS Issues Initial Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Prediction for 2021

The National Park Service has issued their initial peak bloom forecast for the the 2021 bloom. They expect them to reach bloom between April 2 and 5.
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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 1, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Cherry Blossom Watch! It's a wet, soggy morning at the Tidal Basin, and the buds still have some work to do.
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Cherry Blossom Watch 2020 Wrap Up

A wrap up of the curtailed 2020 DC cherry blossom season. See you again in 2021!
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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 20, 2020

The warm temperatures since yesterday afternoon have brought any of the slower cherry blossoms out now. They're looking light and fluffy and beautiful.
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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 19, 2020

The cherry blossoms are heading into full bloom, but they're not quite at peak yet. There are still plenty yet to pop. It's a dreary morning so far, but it should warm up dramatically this afternoon and tomorrow.
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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 18, 2020

The cherry blossoms area heading into full bloom now. They're not quite at peak, but they're starting to look fresh and lovely, especially up close.
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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 16, 2020

The cherry blossoms are popping now. While you can find some trees in full bloom already, most of them are not quite there yet.
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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 14, 2020

The cherry blossoms are racing toward the puffy white stage, and some are beginning to pop. As you walk around the Tidal Basin, it's easy to find some flowers out now.
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Visitor Information

2022 Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Forecasts

The latest information and forecasts on when Washington DC's cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin will reach peak bloom in Spring 2022.
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Where to Stay in Washington DC for the Cherry Blossoms

Some local recommendations on where to stay if you're visiting from out of town to see the cherry blossoms.
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2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival

The 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled for March 20 to April 17.
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Parking for the Cherry Blossoms

If driving remains your best option, here are a few ideas on where to park when going to the cherry blossoms.
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The Floral Library

Consisting mostly of several varieties of colorful tulips, the Floral Library is located at the northeast corner of the Tidal Basin.
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Tips for Taking Young Kids to the Cherry Blossoms

Some tips for taking young kids to see the cherry blossoms.
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Does Rain (or Storms) Affect the Cherry Blossoms?

Rain, wind, and even scattered storms are pretty common in DC in the spring. So this is a question that comes up often during cherry blossom season.
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Monuments of the Tidal Basin

Here's a quick guide to the monuments you might come across as you wander amongst the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin.
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Family or Engagement Photos with the Cherry Blossoms - Local Professional Photographers

Looking to hire a professional photographer for family, engagement, or portrait photos with the cherry blossoms? Here are some recommendations.
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Cherry Blossom Paddle Boat Reservations

Paddle boats on the Tidal Basin offer a unique way to take in the view of the cherry blossoms in full bloom.
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2020 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

The 2020 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler has been cancelled due to coronavirus COVID-19 containment efforts.
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How to Find the Indicator Tree

The so-called indicator tree reliably blooms a week to ten days ahead of most of the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin. Here's how to find it.
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What to Expect, When

Here's a timeline of what to expect from roughly a week before the peak bloom to about a week after.
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2015 Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Forecasts

The latest information and forecasts on when Washington DC's cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin will reach peak bloom in Spring 2015.
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When is the Best Time to Visit Washington DC to See the Cherry Blossoms?

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.
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2014 Peak Bloom Forecasts

The latest information and forecasts on when Washington DC's cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin will reach peak bloom in Spring 2014.
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How to Get to 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.
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What Peak Bloom Means and Why It (sort of) Matters

So what exactly is "peak bloom" anyway? When does it happen? And does it matter?
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The Symbolism of the Cherry Blossoms

Yoshino cherry blossoms have long been heavy in symbolism in their native Japan. They have come to have their own symbolism here.
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Avoiding the Crowds

Crowds are an integral part of Washington DC's cherry blossom season. But there are ways you can avoid them and still see flowers.
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