Monday, 14, March 2016
How to see the blossoms in Washington D.C.
The perfect setting for a spring mini break
Think of world famous blossoms, and you might think of the cherry trees in Japan, where trees burst into life around ancient temples. But did you know that you can see a sight just as awesome in Washington D.C.? In 1912, Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gave the city of Washington the gift of 3,000 cherry trees, and their blossom is celebrated each year. Both the trees themselves, and the celebrations each year, mark the special relationship between Japan and America.
When the trees burst into bloom, the blossoms are like fireworks. Understandably, they’re a popular sight to see. So we have a few top tips for catching them at the right time.
Where are they?
The trees are around the Tidal Basin, which is right next to the National Mall. The trees around the rim of the basin are the most popular, but they also line Hains Point. You can walk down to the rim in just over 30 minutes from The Dupont Circle.
When do they bloom?
This changes from year to year, but the closer it gets to spring, the more accurately the time can be predicted. This year, Peak Bloom is thought to be taking place between March 18-23.
What if I miss them?
If you miss the Yoshino cherry trees blooming, all may not be lost – the Kwanzan trees blossom around two weeks after. The trees are scattered around the Tidal Basin but also on Hains Point/East Potomac Park.
What else is on?
There are plenty of events to celebrate the blossom around the National Cherry Blossom Festival. There’s music, fireworks, family days, kite flying, a parade and street festivals, as well as much more. Keep an eye on the website for scheduled events.
You can see more from The Dupont Circle, including package information, on the website. Will you be spotting the blossoms this year? If you do, tag us in on Twitter!