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National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC

Publish Time:2018-03-09 12:05:00Source:Destination DC

【Introduction】:According to the National Park Service and the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the 2018 cherry blossom peak bloom period is expected to take place from March 17-20.

According to the National Park Service and the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the 2018 cherry blossom peak bloom period is expected to take place from March 17-20.

Nothing signifies the arrival ofspring in the Districtquite like the blooming of the cherry blossom trees and the three-week National Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate the occasion. More than 1.5 million visitors descend upon Washington, DC each year to admire the 3,000-plus trees. The festival, which runs from March 20 – April 15, is full of events that honor both American and Japanese cultures and represents a close bond forged between the two countries that began with Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki’s gift of the trees back in 1912.

How do I get to the cherry blossom trees surrounding the Tidal Basin?

There are many great ways to get to the stunning cherry blossom trees surrounding the Tidal Basin. If you're taking the Metro, use the Blue, Orange or Silver lines and exit at the Smithsonian Metro stop. From there, it’s a 10-15 minute walk to the Tidal Basin Welcome Area, located at 1501 Maine Avenue SW. Via Metrobus, the 32, 34 or 36 routes will drop you at the National Mall, near the Washington Monument. A 10-minute walk south will bring you to the welcome area.

Free things to do. Spring in DC.

1.Stroll along the Tidal Basin

The Tidal Basin is cherry blossom centralduring peak bloom, but even if you come after they’ve peaked, the Tidal Basin remains one of the city’s most scenic spots. Pack a picnic here or get up at sunrise for a spectacular photo-op.

2.Attend the Anacostia River Festival

Part of theNational Cherry Blossom Festival, the Anacostia River Festival celebrates the river with chances to canoe upon it, a bicycle parade and other fun bike-related activities, as well as lawn games that the entire family can enjoy. The free event will be held on April 15 from 1-5 p.m.

3.Take in more free National Cherry Blossom Festival events

The National Cherry Blossom Festival featuresnumerous events that are free to attend. The annual Blossom Kite Festival, which sees hundreds of kites take to the sky on theNational Mall, takes place on April 1 and does not cost a cent to enjoy or participate in. You also don’t need your wallet to catch the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival (April 7) or the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (April 14).

4.Explore flowers beyond the National Mall

Seeing the blossoms on the National Mall is essential during any spring vacation to DC, but your flower exploration does not have to stop there. Check out the Bishop’s Garden at theWashington National Cathedral, which was planned to suit the 14th-century-style Gothic cathedral, or tour theU.S. Botanic Garden, which features blooming wildlife all year long.

5.Visit dozens of embassies during Passport DC

Passport DCis an only-in-DC experience that lets you step inside a foreign embassy for free throughout two Saturdays in May. The Around the World Embassy Tour (May 5) includes countries such as Brazil, Chile, Japan, South Africa and Turkey, while the European Union Open House (May 12) features Denmark, France, Germany and Spain, among many others. Each day will offer cultural activities, food, dance performances and art.

6.Take a jitney to Hains Point in East Potomac Park

The Wharf,DC’s popular new development, allows you to take a free water jitney from its dock to the gorgeous Hains Point in East Potomac Park. While there, you can view cherry blossom trees along the water’s edge. Also in East Potomac Park: a golf course, a mini-golf course and plenty of space for picnicking.

7.See blossoms around town

The Tidal Basin, including the cherry blossoms that surround the incredible Stone of Hope at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and East Potomac Park are not the only places to feature cherry blossoms in DC. Stanton Park in historicCapitol Hillfeatures a dramatic display of the trees, as does theU.S. National Arboretum.

8.Check out Recreation Pier at The Wharf

The Wharf’sRecreation Pier is perfect for catching some rays in its lounge chairs, or you can take a seat at any of its outdoor desks. There are also modern swing sets, where you can swing back and forth while admiring breathtaking views of the Washington Channel.

9.Admire city views from the Netherlands Carillon

Located on the George Washington Memorial Parkway, adjacent to theArlington National Cemetery, the Netherlands Carillon was a gift from the Dutch to the U.S. in 1954 as thanks for assistance during World War II. The grounds on which the open steel tower sit are perfect for picnicking and provide a glorious vista of the DC skyline.

10.Enjoy the White House garden tour

Every spring, the White House welcomes visitors into its gardens to witness their beauty, free of charge. The tour includes the famous Rose Garden, the White House Kitchen Garden and the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, among other spaces. Checkthe White House's websitefor official dates and times for tours in April of 2018.

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