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Cherry Blossoms on Parade

March 21, 2012
Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC

Cherry Blossoms

2012 marks the 100 anniversary of Washington’s most famous symbol of spring – the cherry trees that line the tidal basin and several other spots around the city. In 1912, the first cherry trees arrived as a gift from the Mayor of Tokyo, Japan.

To celebrate the centennial, Washington is celebrating with a 5 week festival. Highlights of this year’s Cherry Blossom festival include:

The National Park Service offers Cherry Blossom related events including lantern tours and ranger-led bike tours. Bike n Roll and Capital Bikeshare offer great options for bikes if you’re not traveling with your own bike – just be prepared for the crowds on the Mall.

Beyond the Mall, you can explore more about the Japanese culture and the cherry trees as a symbol of friendship:

  • Samurai Cinema at National Geographic as they screen three classics of Japanese cinema as part of the Samurai: The Warrior Transformed Exhibit.
  • The Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center offers free daily performances at 6 pm (free shuttle buses from Foggy Bottom metro) including kyogen – a traditional Japanese comic theater.
  • The Library of Congress offers curator tours, lectures and a Japanese culture day related to the “Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship” exhibit in the Jefferson Building.

Plan your trip today (check out the No Worries Weekend Getaway and the Family Fun Package), and be sure to stop by 14K Restaurant & Lounge and enjoy a relaxing drink on the patio while you’re here.

Make the Most of Your Visit to DC for Cherry Blossoms

March 26, 2009

If you’re joining us to see the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC, you’re in for a treat. It’s a beautiful time of year to visit. If you’re not prepared, however, it can be frustrating as it is an extremely popular time – when you see the cherry trees and everything going on around town, you’ll understand why. It’s worth it, but here are some hints to help you plan your trip and make the most of your visit.

  • Visit the Tidal Basin during the week if your schedule allows to avoid the weekend crowds.
  • Remember that L’Enfant Metro is just as close as Smithsonian and much less crowded during peak viewing times.
  • Bring your camera – you’ll have plenty of photo-worthy opportunities between the blossoms and the regular sites on your walk.  Just remember not to climb the trees or put kids on the branches for photo opportunities – the trees are delicate and the Park Police are vigilant. And please take only photos – not blossoms.
  • If you walk all the way around you’ll have the chance to visit many of the major monument sites in Washington looking their best – be sure to visit the Jefferson, the Lincoln, the World War I and II Memorials, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The Roosevelt Memorial also offers an interesting vantage point across the water and is often less crowded.

Take part in some of the many other activities happening around town including:

  • For a more formal evening out, join the State Societies for a reception and dinner at the Grand Hyatt including the presentation of the Cherry Blossom Princesses and the selection of the Cherry Blossom Queen.

We’d love to hear about what you did during your visit or any hidden treasures you found. Leave us a comment.


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