Visitor Information

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

2020 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… Read More

November 13, 2019

Where to Stay in Washington DC for the Cherry Blossoms in 2020

Some local recommendations on where to stay if you're visiting from out of town to see the cherry blossoms. Read More

November 12, 2019

2020 National Cherry Blossom Festival

The 2020 National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held March 20 through April 12. The Cherry Blossom Parade is scheduled… Read More

September 13, 2019

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… Read More

April 4, 2019

The Floral Library

Consisting mostly of several varieties of colorful tulips, the Floral Library is located at the northeast corner of the Tidal… Read More

November 9, 2016

Tips for Taking Young Kids to the Cherry Blossoms

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

April 3, 2019

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… Read More

August 22, 2016

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… Read More

June 12, 2019

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. Read More

April 9, 2019

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… Read More

March 13, 2018

2020 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

If you plan to visit the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin on the morning of Sunday, April 5, 2020,… Read More

September 13, 2019

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… Read More

March 2, 2017

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. Read More

March 27, 2019

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… Read More

April 30, 2017

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… Read More

November 27, 2018

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… Read More

February 14, 2019

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,… Read More

March 29, 2019

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? Read More

April 12, 2017

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… Read More

December 23, 2015

Washington DC’s Cherry Blossoms 2020

Each spring, the cherry blossoms lining Washington DC’s Tidal Basin burst into color in a beautiful display of floral fireworks.… Read More

September 13, 2019