Washington, DC Cherry Blossom Festival
The Cherry Blossom Festival is how you know it's spring in the nation's capital. Here's Red Maps' guide to the best places to view the famous trees, plus when to be there and yes, where to eat.
When to Go PEAK BLOOM!
- National Cherry Blossom Festival Organization April 11-14.
- The National Parks Service estimates peak bloom to be April 11-13.
- The Washington Post estimates April 9-13.
Where to View Cherry Blossoms:
- Tidal Basin: Walk the path around the Tidal Basin, which is a body of water with the picturesque Jefferson and King Memorials.
- The largest group of trees line the waterfront of East Potomac Park to the immediate south of the Tidal Basin.
A little Cherry Blossom History?
Where to Stay:
Where to Eat & Drink:
- Baked & Wired - 1052 Thom Jefferson St, NW - Georgetown
- Dean & Deluca - 3276 M Street, NW, Georgetown
What to See Nearby:
- WWII Memorial is expansive monument to the veterans of this war.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial - Read and see King's speeches.
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Hard to believe this memorial is 33 years old. Designed by the architect, Maya Lin, its ground-breaking design changed the perception of memorial design and experience. Its influence can perhaps be seen in Berlin's Mahnmal and NYC's 9/11 Memorial.
- The National Gallery of Art has new major acquisitions it received from the now closed Corcoran Gallery.
- The Hirshhorn Museum is one of America's great modern art museums, see their current show "At the Hub of Things."