Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival Guide & Map

Chloe·Mar 14, 2024·13 min read

As the cherry blossoms paint Washington D.C. in delicate shades of pink, the city becomes a dreamy destination for visitors from around the world. The National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC traces its roots back to 1912, when Japan bestowed 3,000 cherry blossom trees upon the United States as a symbol of friendship. Every year from mid to late March through April, DC hosts the National Cherry Blossom Festival, attracting visitors from far and wide to revel in the blossoms and capture memorable moments.

So, are you ready for the 2024 National Cherry Blossom Festival running from March 20 to April 14?

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15 Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Washington D.C.

Undoubtedly, the Tidal Basin is a must-visit for everyone, but as a seasoned cherry blossom enthusiast, I must say there are plenty of lesser-known spots in the city that are equally picturesque and less crowded! Check out this map marking 15 highly recommended cherry blossom viewing spots with descriptions of each location. Grab your camera and let's discover them!

? 15 Best Cherry Blossoms Spots in Washington D.C.

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2-Day Itinerary Guide

For out-of-town visitors, here's a 2-day itinerary to explore the rich culture and history of Washington D.C. beyond cherry blossom viewing.

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Day 1

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Start your morning at East Potomac Park to catch the cherry blossoms at their freshest, then head to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. This towering white marble monument complements the cherry blossom sea, creating a unique and breathtaking sight. Take a leisurely stroll or hop on a boat ride around the Tidal Basin to soak in the cherry blossom magic.

In the afternoon, let’s visit the Washington Monument for a panoramic view of the entire district from its observation deck. After exploring the Lincoln Memorial, proceed to the White House, the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States, and a must-visit for any tourist. Don't forget to snap some pics under the cherry blossom trees and explore the surrounding areas, including various landmarks and shopping districts.

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Day 2

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Kick off your day at the United States Botanic Garden, where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of spring blooms, including cherry blossoms. Next, visit the Library of Congress, the largest library in the United States, housing a collection of over 150 million items including books, prints, sheet music, films, and manuscripts. Its Italian Renaissance-style halls exude a vintage charm and grandeur. A 10-minute walk will take you to the United States Capitol, where you can experience the solemnity and weight of American politics up close.

Continue to the National Gallery of Art to admire works by renowned artists such as Van Gogh and Monet, experiencing the charm and awe of art. Then, you can choose to take public transportation, bike, or drive to Georgetown. This historic district is one of the most charming neighborhoods in Washington D.C., with colorful row houses setting a romantic and cozy tone. Explore the many cafes, cake shops, and vibrant shopping districts the town has to offer!

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During your cherry blossom journey, you can indulge in exquisite cherry blossom cuisine, cocktails, coffees, and afternoon teas at the cherry blossom-themed restaurants and bars marked on the map! Also, I've listed some recommended hotels in the “Hotel” group of the map, allowing you to unwind after a fulfilling day of exploration!

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Whether you're a first-time visitor or a familiar face, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is an excellent opportunity to explore the beauty of DC. I hope my map can help you find inspiration for planning your itinerary in DC!

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If you have any favorite cherry blossom spots or tips to share, feel free to leave your comments below my map. I look forward to exploring more breathtaking sights!!