Every year in the early spring cherry blossoms bloom around Washington, D.C. with the majority of them around the tidal basin. I don’t think you can fully comprehend just how magical this experience is until you arrive. I put off going day to day because of various things but decided to go one night for sunset and it did not disappoint! I was so lucky that the sunset was hues of purple with the white and pink blossoms. It is truly one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.
Tips for visiting:
- The trickiest part about seeing the blossoms is knowing when they will peak. It tends to be some time in March or April which leaves a large amount of days to guess. The National Park Service makes updates on their site.
- What defines peak bloom? When 70% of the Yoshino cherry trees are in bloom.
- The tidal basin is extremely crowded during this time .. plan accordingly. Traffic is extremely heavy.
- Nearest Metro to the tidal basin is Smithsonian and abut a half mile away.
- Uber and Lyft are available – just note that traffic is heavy and wait times can be long.
- Weather: unpredictable. Some years it is hot and some years it is cold. Check the weather before visiting and bring layers just in case.
- Best viewing: anywhere along the tidal basin, Jefferson Memorial, from a boat, or walking around town.
Here are some of my photos from the Cherry Blossoms <3
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