GETTING TO THE BLOSSOMS

GETTING TO THE BLOSSOMS

TRAVEL-OPTIONS

IN THE AREA

TRAVEL OPTIONS

The District offers many transportation options to help residents and visitors get around the city with ease. Explore your options below or plan a trip using the goDCgo Interactive Map.

WELCOME AREA

Tidal Basin and ANA Stage

STREET ADDRESS

Paddle Boat Parking Lot 1501 Maine Avenue, SW

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What better way to get to the blossoms and most National Cherry Blossom events this spring than taking Metrobus and Metrorail! Taking Metro has never been easier – just purchase a SmarTrip® card at any Metrorail station and use Metrorail, Metrobus or any other regional bus service to get around DC and surrounding areas.

To view Metrobus and Metrorail maps, visit wmata.com

To plan your trip on Metrobus and Metrorail, use ‘Trip Planner

Commemorative National Cherry Blossom Festival SmarTrip® cards will be available for purchase at designated fare vending machines at all Metrorail stations, while supplies last. Remember to make your trip to the nation’s capital this Cherry Blossom season a memorable one!

Reagan National and Dulles International Airports are pleased to support the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Let your journey begin with us.

The Tidal Basin is accessible by the following routes:

  • Interstate 395 from the South
  • Interstate 495, New York
  • Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George
  • Washington Memorial
  • Parkway, and the Cabin John
  • Parkway from the North
  • Interstate 66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29 from the West
  • U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 from the East

Accessible Parking
There is accessible parking designated at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt and World War II Memorials and near the Washington Monument and the Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln, Korean War Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans Memorials. Otherwise, parking is extremely scarce. Please note that some of these areas will be in the metered areas and will require that those using those spaces pay to park.

Preferred Parking
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 the National Cherry Blossom Festival SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

Need parking for the parade? Visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade SpotHero Parking Page.

New to SpotHero? Click here to download the SpotHero app.

  

One of the best ways to take in the sights of any city is by foot, and that’s especially true in Washington, DC during cherry blossom season! With the vitality of spring and pleasant weather, enjoy the trip to the blossoms by foot, with landmarks and statuesque monuments along the way. The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are just a short walk from many Metro stations, including:
Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter
Federal Triangle
Foggy Bottom–GWU
L’Enfant Plaza
Smithsonian

Several major bicycle trails make their way to and through Washington, DC. The region is extremely bicycle-friendly and readily accessible to riders of nearly every skill level.

Capital Bikeshare
Capital Bikeshare is the public bikesharing system in the metro DC area, offering more than 3,700 bikes at over 440 stations throughout metro DC. Walk up to any station and check out a bike for just $2 per trip, $8 for 24-hours access or $17 for a 3-day pass. Take a bike from any station, enjoy your ride, and return it to the station of your choice. Trips under 30 minutes are free!

Bike and Roll DC

A special bike corral at Jefferson Drive and 14th Street, SW will be available during the following weekends of the Festival: Saturday & Sunday, April 6-7 and Saturday & Sunday, April 13-14, from 9 am – 6 pm.

Maps
Maps are available at the
Washington Area Bicyclist Association website
. Visit the goDCgo Interactive Map to view bike lanes, trails and Capital Bikeshare locations.

Bike Parking
During the Festival, supplemental bike parking is offered at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. A map showing the location of additional bike parking is available on the National Park Service website.

View the cherry blossom trees by water as you cruise the Potomac! Take the Potomac Riverboat water taxis to festival events, or enjoy a narrated sightseeing cruise. Departing from The Wharf DC, Old Town Alexandria, Georgetown, and National Harbor. Skip the traffic – go by water!

Learn more here!

Enjoy easy access to Downtown neighborhoods, attractions and museums via bus.

Big Bus
Big Bus DC gives you exclusive loops around the National Mall! Buses depart from Union Station, Arlington, Georgetown and other designated stops every 20 minutes, so hopping on and off is easy! Click here for tickets.

DC Circulator
In addition to the National Mall route, which delivers you steps away from the Tidal Basin blossoms, the DC Circulator has six routes linking cultural, entertainment and business destinations within the city’s central core.

Rides cost just $1 and buses arrive every 10 minutes. Click here for a PDF map of all routes. For additional information, visit the DCCirculator.com

Metrobus
Ride the 52 Metrobus to Independence Avenue & 14th St, SW. Walk west toward the Washington Monument to 15th Street/Raoul Wallenberg Place. Turn left to head south along 15th Street to the Tidal Basin.

To determine point-to-point directions and trip times, use Metro’s Trip Planner.

View Metrobus maps on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website.

Click here for fares.

Commemorative SmarTrip cards
Commemorative National Cherry Blossom Festival SmarTrip® cards are available for purchase. Buy your SmarTrip card(s) now, and use it on Metrobus when visiting the nation’s capital this cherry blossom season! Purchase your card at select fare vending machines at all stations, while supplies last, or order online at Metro’s SmarTrip® store.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the largest events for motorcoach activity in Washington, DC. DDOT, in collaboration with Destination DC and the Downtown DC BID, has developed a reference guide for motorcoach operators. We recommend that all motorcoach operators carry a copy of this guide when traveling to the District.

Click here to download the Motorcoach Guide to DC.

Big Bus
Big Bus DC gives you exclusive loops around the National Mall! Buses depart from Union Station, Arlington, Georgetown and other designated stops every 20 minutes, so hopping on and off is easy! Click here for tickets.

*Please note that these areas are dedicated for active passenger loading and unloading, not parking. There is very limited curbside parking capacity in the District and operators are encouraged to book off-street parking in advance. If you have any questions about operating a motorcoach in the District during the Festival, please call the Motorcoach Operators Hotline on 1.855.67.BUSES (28737).

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