Photo Diary – Washington DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival

This 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.

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 attract 1.5 million people to the city around peak bloom each year.

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The most popular place to see the trees is at the Tidal Basin. There are approximately 3800 trees lining its edges.

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!

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