Visitor Information

Information for visitors about the famous cherry blossoms of Washington DC, including guides on where to stay and how to get there.

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.


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.

2023 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

The 2023 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Race is scheduled for April 2, 2023. Here’s a rundown of the impact on visiting the cherry blossoms.

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.


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.

Jefferson Memorial in the Haze with Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC-COPYRIGHT HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL

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.

Washington DC Cherry Blossoms 2022

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.

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

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.