This video was created as part of our collection to celebrate the U.S. National Park Service Centennial in 2016. Get out and enjoy the many beautiful national parks in the United States made possible by the U.S. National Park Service and other government agencies.
The blossoms are unpredictable, so if you are planning a trip to Washington DC to see them be sure to follow the bloom forecast. If you can't get to Washington DC but would like to get a view of the famous cherry blossoms there is a live web cam that can be viewed here.
When traveling to see the cherry blossoms it is best to stay in Washington DC near a metro stop or on the Virginia side in Crystal City. We recommend that you use the public metro system, but you can also get bikes from a bikeshare program. Our only caution with bikes is that it is very crowded near the Tidal Basin making it more challenging to get around with a bike. Also, the key is to get up early, very early, before the crowds descend upon the Tidal Basin area to really soak up the amazing sight of the cherry blossoms trees in full bloom with the backdrop of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial. It will give you goose bumps, especially in the early morning calm. It's an experience you won't forget.
If you're here for the cherry blossoms, why not add a visit to one of the new Cherry Blossom PUBs (Pop-Up bars) for a festive drink to celebrate the blooms and Japanese culture. The drinks and the decor create a magical atmosphere of spring celebration.
If you decide to stay on the Virginia side in Crystal City, Arlington, you are only two metro stops from Old Town Alexandria for shopping, restaurants and historical buildings. Old Town Alexandria is a great spot to get on a boat tour and cruise the Potomac River, including options to travel down to George Washington's home at Mount Vernon. Our Mount Vernon article includes a video and information about what you will see at George Washington's estate, a popular destination for visitors to the Washington DC area. From Alexandria, you can also take a water taxi up the Potomac to two locations in Washington DC to see the blossoms. This article, How to See DC Cherry Blossoms from Alexandria, provides all the details about the water taxi service to DC.
Cherry blossoms are a beautiful sight every spring in Washington DC that everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime.
For an inspiring video that shows you several things you should see when visiting Washington DC, check out these 19 Reasons to Visit Washington DC.
Learn the history behind the creation of the Washington DC National Mall here.
While you're in downtown DC, don't forget to visit the many monuments and memorials located along the National Mall and Memorial Parks route. Our Photo Tour of the Washington DC Memorials article will give you some guidelines and information to help you plan your tour of these memorials.
Cherry Blossom Photo Gallery
- Ancient Bark Reveals Life Ancient Bark Reveals Life
- Jefferson Memorial Jefferson Memorial
- Petals in the Water Petals in the Water
- Washington Monument Washington Monument
- Spring Brings Pure Life Spring Brings Pure Life
- FDR Memorial FDR Memorial
- FDR Memorial FDR Memorial
- Tidal Basin Washington DC Tidal Basin Washington DC