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Visit the Cherry Blossoms In the DC Area

Kenwood Cherry Blossoms dIn the Washington, DC area, cherry blossoms are a huge deal. For people who aren’t familiar with these trees, cherry blossoms are the national flowers of Japan. There are a variety of different species and hybrids. As Japanese and American relationships grew, Japan donated over 3,000 of these flowering trees to the US when President Howard Taft was in office in 1912. In the Washington, DC area spring is ushered in with the bright powder pink and white blossoms of the cherry blossom trees.

If you are in the DC area you’ll want to see the cherry blossoms and take part in the National Cherry Blossom Festival (NCBF) in DC in late March until mid-April. To learn more about when the cherry blossoms are blooming check out CherryBlossomWatch.com. However, keep in mind that this site is a fan site and is not connected with the National Parks and Recreation Department nor the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

This spring people in the MD and DC areas had our fingers crossed, because late in March the warm weather disappeared and we had a snow and an ice storm. The beautiful cherry blossoms were threatened because of the frigid temperatures. However, this past weekend my family and I visited the blossoms in the Tidal Basin and many of them survived and are in peak bloom.

There are 2 main areas in the DC area where people can go and view Cherry Blossoms. One of the areas is in Bethesda, MD and the other is in DC on the Tidal Basin.

The blossoms  immediately pictured below are from the Kenwood Cherry Blossoms area, which is located on Brookside Dr and Dorset Ave in Bethesda, MD 2081.

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The cherry blossoms in the DC area don’t usually produce cherry fruit. We typically just enjoy their beautiful flowers during early spring.

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The flowers look beautiful, yet very delicate.

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Depending on where the light hits them, they sometimes seem white and not pink.

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Visiting the cherry blossoms is a fun family activity. You can avoid big city crowds by checking out the Kenwood cherry blossoms or you can hang out and see the blossoms and national monuments at the same time in the Tidal Basin.

Here are somethings you should remember when visiting the cherry blossoms

  1. Wear comfortable shoes. Picking the right shoes is so important because there is a huge amount of walking to do to see the blossoms.
  2. Bring your camera. You can’t visit the blossoms without trying to record the beautiful moment so come prepared so you won’t regret it.
  3. Have patience. The cherry blossoms are a treasure in the District so expect to see people from all over the world. Also expect to see large crowds of people of all ages.
  4. Bring water. All of the walking will work up a thirst and if you don’t want to pay $3 for bottled water, you might want to pack some water in your backpack. Snacks are also optional.
  5. Expect to be in the area for hours. Outside of the cherry blossoms, there is a ton of things to see in DC. Also, many of the museums are free so make it a whole day of exploring!
  6. Before you plan your trip, visit the website: NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org

 

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  • We’ve skipped a few years of the festivities. This weekend we are going to check them out while having fun at the Kite festival. We used to take the big kid when he was younger. Now the new little kid gets to enjoy the experience.

  • KoKoa Magazine

    They say we have Cherry Blossom festivals here but they lie every year. I have never seen a cherry blossom at any cherry blossom festival in Atlanta. These looks so pretty. I need to travel further up north to see this in person.

    • LOL, I saw one bloggers post about the ATL Cherry Blossom festival and all I was a fun festival. I had asked myself the same thing, were are the beautiful blossoms. GA does have some though.

  • So pretty! I heard that the cherry blossoms weren’t as vibrant this year, but it’s a sure sign that spring is here.

    • They weren’t as pink as they usually are, but they still looked beautiful.

  • Ra’Nesha Wilson

    OMG so beautiful this time of year I spent very little time outside because of my allergies, but I love nature.

  • I just celebrated the cherry blossom festival in Atlanta last week. I didnt know you all had a plethora of them in DC good to know.

  • Daria Vinning

    This is so beautiful. The pictures are gorgeous. I’m such an outdoor person, I would just love this. I will put this on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Your pics are bomb. I would love to visit DC and see the cherry blossoms. When I went to Japan, I wanted to see the cherry blossoms but I was a month, too early.

    • Thank you. In past years the blossoms were more pink than white. But overall, it’s cool to see how the winter months affect their hue.

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