Tips for Enjoying the Washington DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival
Last year, our family of 4 visited Washington D.C. during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival takes place every year between mid-March to mid-April. It is full of events honoring both American and Japanese cultures. The Japanese cherry trees were a gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington D.C. in March 1912.
It’s hard to time it just right, but our visit landed right during the cherry blossom’s peak bloom. And y’all, these trees are impressive. Below is a photo diary of our walk along the Potomac and the Tidal Basin on April 4th, along with tips for enjoying the trees.
Tips for Enjoying the Washington DC Cherry Blossoms
Take Public Transportation.
The Washington DC cherry blossoms attract 1.5 million people to the city around peak bloom each year. Parking is a major problem around this time. Unless you plan to get up super early to avoid crowds, take a taxi or the metro to save time waiting on a parking spot.
Go at Sunrise for best Photographs
Sunrise is the best time of day to take the best photos. As I mentioned earlier, the crowds are crazy, so going early in the morning to cut back on the amount of tourists in your photos.
What to Wear to see the Washington DC Cherry Blossoms?
Wear comfortable shoes for lots of walking and bring a light jacket, as it is still quite chilly in the early Spring. Also bring snacks and water, as you may be far from your car or the nearest Metro.
Visit the Tidal Basin
The most popular place to see the trees is at the Tidal Basin. There are approximately 3800 trees lining its edges.
Don’t miss walking along the Potomac. One tree alone is beautiful, but hundreds of them, standing side by side along the Potomac River…they’re captivating.
The Washington DC cherry blossoms are, without a doubt, the highlight of springtime in the District. In addition to all the beautiful trees, there are plenty of family friendly festivities taking place during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. I highly recommend adding this to your bucket list!