We are going to tell you all that you need to know about the National Cherry Blossom Festival. It is the star event of springtime in the capital of America, Washington DC. If you happen to visit this city during the bloom period, you will find yourself surrounded by pink for a whole of three weeks during the festival. It takes places between March and April of every year. Here we will tell you the top 5 things you need to know when you are planning your trip to Washington to see the Cherry Blossom Festival of 2017.
The Bloom Period
The most popular question for this festival is this: when do the trees bloom? The answer varies every year. The average bloom date is decided when an approximate of 70% flowers of the trees have bloomed. This date this year is going to be April 4th according to the authorities whereas in the past it was either as early as March 15 or as late as April 18th. So our initial point is that the dates vary. The overall bloom period of the flowers in the trees can be up to 14 days which also includes the days that lead up to the flowers blooming.
Before planning a trip to attend the festival, you can always look up the peak bloom period of that year online but remember that is it almost impossible to give out an estimate date unless it’s within 10 days of the flowers in the trees blooming.
Where You Can See Cherry Blossoms
Most people visit the Tidal Basin as it is the most popular location to see the cherry blossom trees and it is also the best photography spot. But if you can’t work your luck there, there are other locations you can visit to see the blossoming trees. There’s the shoreline of East Potomac Park, Hains Point, near the National Mall and the Washington Monument. You will even find small clusters of the original trees that were planted in 1912 near the National Aboretum, Anacostia Park, Stanton Park and the Oxon Run Park.
When in the Day Should You Visit
The rule regarding weekdays and weekends does not apply here. The locations of the cherry blossom trees are pretty crowded all through the weeks because people come from all over the world to attend the festivities. But you can however go in the early hours of the day to find less crowd than usual. You can gather your friends and drive up to the locations in a Charter Bus Austin.
Important Events of the Festival
There are numerous family-friendly events that you can be a part of at the festival; however the ones mentioned below are the ones you absolutely should not miss.
- The Opening Ceremony
- The Kite Festival
- The Parade
Making the Best of the Festival
In celebration of the festival, to accommodate the people visiting DC, all the hotels and BnBs offer special discount rates that you can enjoy. You can even rent vehicles for less amount than usual.
Start planning now!