Cherry Blossoms in Bloom


Earlier this week, the National Park Service made their forecast and are now predicting that the Cherry Blossoms will reach their peak bloom April 3 – 8, 2010.

This is great news as the Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled for March 27th – April 11, 2010.

Here are a few of our  favorite activities you can enjoy during Cherry Blossoms:

  • Free 3-hour ranger-led bike tours on the National Mall every Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m. departing from the Jefferson Memorial. Participants must provide their own bike, helmet and water.
  • Ranger led discussions about the historical and natural significance of the cherry trees, on the hour at the Jefferson and Roosevelt memorials.
  • Evening ranger-guided lantern walks – experience the cherry trees by soft light of a lantern during these two hour strolls.
  • Daily performances at the Target performance stage at Sylvan Theatre including Japanese cultural groups and local acoustic musicians.
  • Watch the Cherry Blossom Parade on Saturday, April 10th starting at 10 am as it heads down Constitution Avenue.
  • Join 20 of Washington’s hottest chefs at the Pink Tie Party and enjoy cherry inspired dishes and cocktails – all for a good cause.
  • Enjoy a Japanese street festival on Saturday April 10th. (Go early – this gets crowded.)
  • If the crowds at the Tidal Basin overwhelm you, retreat to the Freer & Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian to enjoy their collection of Asian art. They currently have an exhibit of Japanese ceramics on display.
  • Stop by one of the local tea shops Teaism for a bento box and a refreshing cup of tea.
  • Enjoy a cherry-inspired cocktail in the lounge at 14K.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is a popular time to visit Washington, so we recommend making your reservations now.


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