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!

Where to View Cherry Blossoms:

    1. Tidal Basin:  Walk the path around the Tidal Basin, which is a body of water with the picturesque Jefferson and King Memorials.
    2. 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?

The trees were a gift from the People of Japan to the People of the United States.  They arrived in February of 1912 and there were 3,020 specimens of 12 varieties.  The White House got its own particular type of tree, the  Gyo-i-ko.  Read more about the history at the NationalParksService site.

Where to Stay:

The DC neighborhood with great buzz is the Downtown/Penn Quarter, it is full of restaurants, hotels and near to the Verizon Arena and the Washington Convention Center.

Where to Eat & Drink:

  • Equinox - 818 Connecticut Ave, NW - Near The White House
  • Proof - 775 G Street, NW - Downtown 
  • Rose's Luxury - 8th Street SE, Barracks Row
  • Zatinya - 701 9th Street, NW - Downtown - Has a nice outdoor space. 

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."