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BLOOM WATCH

Peak Bloom has arrived! 

On March 21, the National Park Service announced that the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin reached peak bloom, meaning 70% of the Yoshino cherry blossoms were open. While many of the Yoshino cherry blossoms have fallen from the trees, different cherry tree varieties are currently blooming at the Tidal Basin. Scroll down to check out the live #BloomCam for a real-time look at the Tidal Basin, and check the weather with our media partner 7News before you plan your trip.

There’s more to explore: The Festival runs until April 16 — Rediscover Spring with us!

Adopt a Cherry Tree Today!

The Trust for the National Mall invites you to Adopt a Cherry Tree to help care for each of the 3,700 cherry trees on the National Mall. The Trust’s Adopt a Cherry Tree program supports the National Park Service’s year-round efforts to preserve and protect the beloved cherry trees. You can make an individual gift, start or join a crowdfunding team, and help spread the word! Donations at any level are welcome.

National Park Service Facts and Figures

Our friends at the National Park Service offer a wide array of cherry blossom resources and educational resources —  from understanding the five stages of bloom to the history of the trees as they’ve reached each stage – past and present. For those who celebrate the blossoms from afar, these resources are an incredible way to experience the blooms if you can’t be there in person.

REDISCOVER SPRING WITH US

SIGNATURE EVENTS

WATCH THE BLOSSOMS LIVE

BLOOM CAM IS BACK!

#BloomCam, brought to you by the Trust for the National Mall, in partnership with the National Park Service and Earthcam, is a 24/7, live, real-time view of the cherry trees lining the Tidal Basin, one of the most popular and iconic sites in Washington, DC. Positioned on the roof of the Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC, #BloomCam offers year-round views of the cherry trees and their seasonal changes to viewers worldwide and is highlighted here during Bloom Watch as we await the peak blooms.

explore the blossoms from home

VIRTUAL TIDAL BASIN TOUR

Coming soon! Log 3.3 miles around the Tidal Basin without ever stepping foot outside your door! Use this online map to click on points of interest that are nestled among the flowering cherry blossom trees, and watch a brief video featuring a National Park Service ranger sharing the history and secrets of the iconic landmarks that grace the Tidal Basin area.

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GETTING TO THE BLOSSOMS

Spend more time experiencing the beauty of the blossoms and Festival events by taking advantage of the area’s transportation options.

Do you like your map on paper? Download and print this PDF map from GoDCGo with helpful Festival landmarks and transportation guidance.

Do you like your map on your phone or tablet? We have created a custom Google Map to help you Rediscover Spring throughout the Festival. Click below to view it.

Read on for more information about all the local transportation options available to get you to the blooms!

Planning to travel into Washington, DC for the Tidal Basin Welcome Area & ANA Stage, or another Festival event on April 3? If so, the Festival STRONGLY recommends Metro rail transit. The Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run (view PDF of the route) will close several streets surrounding the National Mall and Tidal Basin through the early afternoon on Sunday, April 3.

IF YOU ARE DRIVING in from outside the Washington, DC area, you may choose to use Festival preferred parking provider SpotHero to find parking near a Metro station. You may also choose to use a Metro lot and take the train the rest of the way in – Metro parking lots are linked below for reference: 

METRO-ACCESSIBLE PARKING RECOMMENDATIONS: 

From Virginia: 

From Maryland:  

METRO DESTINATIONS: 

ALL DAY: These stations are recommended for avoiding city-wide morning road closures: 

L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Yellow/ Green/Orange/Silver lines): Be sure to pick up your National Cherry Blossom Festival SmarTrip Card, available now at this station and Navy Yard through the duration of the Festival! 

Walking Directions to Tidal Basin Welcome Area & ANA Stage   

Smithsonian (Blue/Orange/Silver lines): Walking Directions
to Tidal Basin Welcome Area & ANA Stage    

Metro is “the best way to experience the Festival” with multiple ways to get to the Tidal basin and most Festival events. For maps, schedules and fees, please visit wmata.com

Hop on a bike at one of over 600 Capital Bikeshare stations in DC, Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County, VA and Montgomery County, MD. Single trips start at just $2.00! Visit CapitalBikeshare.com for a map of station locations and details about rentals.

Let the beauty of the cherry blossom season inspire you to reconnect with the District and its vibrant culture. The seventh annual DC Circulator Blossom Bus returns to service Friday, March 2 – Sunday, April 17, 2022. This specially wrapped pink bus is a great way to see the cherry trees at just $1 a ride. View the schedule and locations at https://www.dccirculator.com/blossom-bus-2022/.

Celebrate the history and beauty of DC’s cherry blossoms with City Cruises along the Potomac. Whether for dining and sightseeing cruises or aboard the Cherry Blossom Water Taxi, avoid the crowds and get the most spectacular views from the water! Visit Things to Do Page for more information.

If you choose to drive, we recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the Preferred Parking Partner of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the nation’s leading parking reservation app. To reserve your parking spot, visit bit.ly/ncbfspothero and book a spot.

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BLOOM WITH US

What began with a gift from Tokyo in 1912 at the Tidal Basin is now a four-week extravaganza spanning Washington, DC, and neighboring communities in Maryland and Virginia. Click the filters on our interactive map to see all that the Festival has to offer and craft a tailored experience as you Rediscover Spring. From exciting events to convenient hotels, delectable Cherry Picks restaurants to vibrant Art in Bloom installations, and a jaw-dropping City in Bloom to joyful Petal Porches, see the Washington, DC area as you can only see it once a year!

SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS

SHARE THE BEAUTY OF THE BLOSSOMS!

Share your photos with the Festival for a chance to be featured on our channels! Contact us for any questions.

Parking

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation's leading parking reservations app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. ​

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Drop us a line or call 877.44.BLOOM (877.442.5666) Monday - Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm EST to speak with an Information Specialist.