2022

Cherry Blossom Watch

Washington DC

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 1, 2022

The cherry blossoms are well on their way out now. Some flowers are hanging on, but the cherry blossom snow is piling up.

Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms.

Reader Photos 2022 | Part 4

These are some of the beautiful photos of 2022’s Washington DC cherry blossom bloom that were submitted by Cherry Blossom Watch readers. This is part 4.

Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms.

Reader Photos 2022 | Part 3

These are some of the beautiful photos of 2022's Washington DC cherry blossom bloom that were submitted by Cherry Blossom Watch readers. This is part 3.

Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms.

Reader Photos 2022 | Part 2

These are some of the beautiful photos of 2022's Washington DC cherry blossom bloom that were submitted by Cherry Blossom Watch readers. This is part 2.

Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms.

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 29, 2022

Last night's hard freeze wasn't kind to the cherry blossoms. The extent of the damage isn't fully clear yet, but it's looking a bit grim.

Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms.

Reader Photos 2022 | Part 1

These are some of the beautiful photos of 2022's bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom Watch readers. This is part 1–more to come.

Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 28, 2022 taken by David Coleman.

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 28, 2022

The good news with the cold temperatures is that they have basically hit pause on the cherry blossoms, and they're holding up remarkably well. A few more days of cold temperatures will help prolong the bloom.

Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 25, 2022 taken by David Coleman.

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 25, 2022

The cherry blossoms are still going strong and looking beautiful. A second wave of rain overnight didn't have much effect. And the rain and fog has now moved out and given way to clear, sunny skies.

Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 24, 2022 taken by David Coleman.

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 24, 2022

The cherry blossoms are still going strong after last night's rain and thunderstorms.

Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 23, 2022 taken by David Coleman.

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 23, 2022

The bloom is still going strong. Some of the earliest bloomers around the MLK Memorial are losing their petals, but elswhere around the Tidal Basin the trees are looking lovely.

Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 22, 2022 taken by David Coleman.

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 22, 2022

The cherry blossoms are in full bloom and look magnificent. This morning was the busiest morning yet of the bloom, which adds logistical considerations if you plan to visit.

Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 21, 2022 taken by David Coleman.

DC's Cherry Blossoms Reach Peak Bloom for 2022

The National Park Service arborists have judged that the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin have reached peak bloom as of today (March 21).

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Photo of Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC taken by David Coleman.

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.

Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms: April 12, 2014 taken by David Coleman.

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.

Photo of Tulips at the Floral Library in Washington DC taken by David Coleman.

The Floral Library

Consisting mostly of several varieties of colorful tulips, the Floral Library is located at the northeast corner of the Tidal Basin.

Photo of Washington Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Young Girls Posing for Photos taken by David Coleman.

Tips for Taking Young Kids to the Cherry Blossoms

Some tips for taking young kids to see the cherry blossoms.

Photo of Cherry Blossoms - April 14, 2015 - Fallen Petals on the Path taken by David Coleman.

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.

Photo of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - March 24, 2016 taken by David Coleman.

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.

Photo of Paddle Boats at the Tidal Basin taken by David Coleman.

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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2022 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

The 2020 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler has been cancelled due to coronavirus COVID-19 containment efforts.

Photo of Cherry Blossom Indicator Tree - April 2, 2015 taken by David Coleman.

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.