Everyone raves about cherry blossoms in DC, so I had to check them out for myself. Here’s how the DC cherry blossoms look in peak bloom!
When we started telling people we were moving to the DMV, almost the first words out of their mouth were…OMG! You must see the cherry blossoms in DC! So naturally, I was super excited for the peak bloom of these very famous flowers. The flowering trees bloomed this year and I got a chance to visit them at the Tidal Basin and they surely did not disappoint! Whether you’re planning a visit or just want to enjoy some photos of pink and white flowers, today’s post is for you.
Cherry Blossoms in DC
When do cherry blossoms bloom in DC?
The cherry blossoms are such a big deal in Washington, DC that bloom watch starts happening at the beginning of March with people wondering when peak bloom will occur. Peak bloom is when 70% of the blossoms on the cherry trees along the Tidal Basin are open and blooming.
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This year, the National Park Service predicted the blossoms’ peak to happen around March 23, but it was made official on March 21.
Where can you see the blossoms in Washington, DC?
According to NPS, “The famous trees, a gift of Japan in 1912, signal Washington’s beginning of spring with an explosion of life and color that surrounds the Tidal Basin in a sea of pale pink and white blossoms.”
The Tidal Basin is a reservoir located between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel and near the National Mall. Street parking is available, but I recommended going early. These photos were taken around 7AM and it was already quite crowded, but people were very considerate of moving around so that everyone could get a view of the flowers.
Is it worth it to brave the crowds and find parking? Absolutely! There was something so beautiful and calming about seeing the flowers on the trees, the petals blowing in the wind, and the city starting to come to life after a long and cold winter.
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