A Guide to DC’s Beautiful Flowers


The cherry blossom forecast is expected every spring in DC, and here’s what to know about where and when you can see these blossoms.

In the United States, there are few floral spectacles quite as beautiful as the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. Although they can also be seen in other parts of the country, there is something about the DC landscape which attracts millions of people from everywhere just to see the high season of these magnificent trees.

We think that more than 1.5 million people come from all over the world just to witness peak cherry blossom season, and it’s easy to see why. Besides the National Cherry Blossom Festival, DC is a beautiful city, usually in the spring.

As 2022 marks the 110th anniversary of Tokyo’s cherry blossom gift to DC, here’s what visitors should know about its peak bloom season.

When to See Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC

Many factors can contribute to early, late, or mid-bloom times for cherry blossoms. They are somewhat delicate buds and when they bloom, their flowers are fragile and vulnerable to the elements. This means that every season is different, and each flowering cycle won’t be as long (or even as short) as the last. The National Parks Service predicts the cycle of cherry blossoms each year based on weather conditions — in this case, for DC — to determine when they’ll be in full bloom.

The best time to check cherry blossom season dates is mid to late February, as cherry blossoms typically bloom in late March in DC For 2022, the best time to see them is predicted to be from March 22 to March 25although this can always change slightly, again, due to weather conditions.

However, those who cannot travel during those specific few days can still see these beautiful trees. The trees bloom in the weeks before and after, and although the best view is in late March, the trees are equally spectacular before or after their peak bloom.

  • Made: The most accurate prediction for DC’s cherry blossoms is about ten days before their peak foliage prediction.

Visitors have up to two weeks after the scheduled dates to view the cherry blossoms before they begin to fall or close. Usually, peak DC spring bud foliage lasts four to seven days after peak forecast.

  • Point: For those who can’t make it to DC or plan a last-minute trip, check out the Cam Bloom to (virtually) watch the flowers during the high season.

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Where to See Cherry Blossoms Around Washington, DC

Luckily, DC is a big place and can more than handle the millions of people who arrive each year to admire its finest trees. For those visiting, knowing where to go ahead of time is crucial to getting those great photo ops and admiring the beauty of the National Mall.

The tidal pool

It’s DC’s most sought-after springtime destination thanks to the groves of cherry blossoms that thrive along the edges of the waterway. This also means that it is likely to be the busiest, so visitors should be prepared to arrive early or late to avoid walking side by side. This is where visitors can find the Yoshino variety of cherry blossoms, as opposed to the Kwanzan, which typically blooms about two weeks after the 4,000 Yoshino trees along the Tidal Basin. It is also a great location for those wishing to visit memorials to Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr..

United States National Arboretum

This arboretum is a beautiful place to visit, in general. In early spring it draws even more attention as it is also home to some of DC’s beautiful cherry blossoms. The gardens are home to over 70 different types of cherry blossomswith gardens covering a total of 446 acres.

Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

Another public garden to visit is Dumbarton Oaks, home to the famous Cherry Hill. Although it is much smaller and covers a distance of only 16 acres, it is home to the Sargent cherry trees and the Edo higan. Both of these are absolutely stunning and share the same area as other spring-blooming trees and plants, making them a wonderful destination for flora lovers in general.

Additional cherry blossom viewing points

  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
  • Hains Point Loop Trail
  • national mall

No matter where you are in DC in early spring, you’re sure to be treated to a vibrant landscape of pale pink and white petals. DC’s cherry trees were given as a gift of peace and friendship and continue to be just as significant to this day.

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