National Cherry Blossom Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival
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  • McPherson Square • 4 min walk
  • Metro Center • 7 min walk
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  • 1971hippiebus
    Annapolis, Maryland250 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty flowers !
    Always look forward to the blossoms in Dc ! They almost never disappoint! There are several different kinds so be sure to see all the blossoms ! Walk the bacon & wait for sunset ! Cannot wait to see the 2024 blooms !
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2024
  • Judi D
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Honoring natures beauty
    Wow! Monuments and museums surrounded by beautiful cherry blossom trees. What a serene experience seeing this one unique week of natures beauty. Loved the festival which included music, food and specialty items.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 26, 2024
  • Maltipoo16
    New York1,794 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful experience
    Something that needs to be on your bucket list. It’s truly spectacular and absolutely breathtaking! It was so much more than what I was expecting! It was very busy and was honestly pretty hard to park and walk through the crowds, but it was worth it for a once in a lifetime experience!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 31, 2024
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Nameeta T
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
A drive of 1 hour took more than 2 hours because of the traffic snarl as soon as we hit downtown. The roads are narrow, in need of repair. They are promoting the cherry blossom festival without keeping the traffic situation in mind. We had booked a parking in advance ( $35 instead of usual $17) which took us time to reach as Google and Apple map left us stranded before the parking lot. Then came the struggle for using a bathroom before we could enjoy the sights ! Starbucks was kind enough to provide people the right to use their bathroom. The line was never ending with around 20 people before us! Not an enjoyable experience! Maybe one should choose a working day if possible. Administrators of the event should plan better for people!! We are sill in bathroom q for past 40 minutes!!
Written March 26, 2023
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TheOrganizedTravelCoach
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual event in Washington DC that celebrates the beauty of the cherry blossom trees that bloom around the Tidal Basin in the springtime. The festival features a variety of events and activities that showcase Japanese culture and offer fun and entertainment for people of all ages.

One of the main events of the festival is the Cherry Blossom Parade, which features colorful floats, marching bands, and giant helium balloons. The parade travels down Constitution Avenue and attracts thousands of spectators each year.

There are also cultural performances and demonstrations, including traditional Japanese drumming and dancing, and flower-arranging demonstrations. Visitors can also enjoy delicious food and drinks from local vendors and food trucks.

Another popular event during the festival is the Blossom Kite Festival, where visitors can watch kite-flying demonstrations and even participate in a kite-making workshop.

The festival also offers many opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the cherry blossoms, including guided tours and boat rides around the Tidal Basin. Visitors can also attend the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, which features traditional Japanese crafts, food, and entertainment.
Written February 23, 2023
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Manda886
Nyack, NY63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Such a beautiful experience. Stay downtown if you can so you can walk to the tidal basin or take one of the busses. Otherwise you will be sitting in a lot of traffic. We enjoyed the beautiful monuments through the cherry blossoms and have such beautiful photos we will cherish always.
Written April 8, 2023
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Kareena417
Jacksonville, FL71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Loved the view of these cherry blossoms in the Tidal Basin area. We travelled from FL to see the blossoms with our little one. We decided to stick only to Tidal Basin as we found out that it would be best place to see,- with the water around and other memorials near by. It is just like a circle around the water where you can walk,run,jog .It is stroller friendly.
We visited on 28th March 21. People said it wasn't the peak(the peak was on 3rd and 4th April)but I loved it when I visited. I already loved the white more than the pinkish blossoms and my kiddo was running around ,enjoying the blossoms too. However there were stagnant water at many places ,may be coz of the rain that happened a day before.It was very windy and chilling cold,but the sun made us feel better.
To avoid the crowd we reached there by 9 am and spent 2.5hrs there.
Everyone was wearing masks(even the joggers)and there wasnt any festival happening which I guess happens every year. All in all COVID didnt ruin the spirit in us. We enjoyed to the fullest.
About restrooms- there are not many. You need to walk around a lot to get restrooms. May be coz of the pandemic they did shutdown one of the restrooms.
Written April 9, 2021
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ElvisAndrus
Arlington, TX917 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
I do not get the fuss. The various events of unknown performers and contrived food did not entice me. The trees have their beauty but lack variety. I would love it if red buds were interspersed. The people watching as you walked qlong side of the basin was the highlight.
Written May 5, 2023
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Christine
New York341 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We were visiting DC during peak Cherry Blossom season, during the weekend of the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival. What a fun activity to witness, kites all over the place. Tons of activities for kids. It was crazy packed, but would recommend trying to time a visit with this as it was really fun to take in. The Kite Festival is a great activity for families with kids. They can make their own kites or you can buy one on site to fly with everyone else.
Written April 2, 2022
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dms344
Sun Valley, ID40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Always beautiful. Traffic can get very congested during peak blossom. Take an uber to the WWII memorial and walk across from there. Although busy, I did not find it miserably crowded. You just need to plan to walk at a leisurely pace and step off of the path for photos.
Written April 3, 2023
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Maltipoo16
New York1,794 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Something that needs to be on your bucket list. It’s truly spectacular and absolutely breathtaking! It was so much more than what I was expecting! It was very busy and was honestly pretty hard to park and walk through the crowds, but it was worth it for a once in a lifetime experience!
Written May 31, 2024
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SeeTheW0rld62
Sunnyvale, CA2,092 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
This was my first time in DC to see the cherry blossoms. They were beautiful! We walked all around the water from the FDR Memorial to the Jefferson Memorial and back. We found street parking without too much trouble. Everything went well until we were ready to leave. As we drove out (the street was one way for the festival) it was gridlock. It took us an hour to go a mile. It seems that DC could figure out some sort of traffic plan that would improve the situation, not increase air pollution and waste gas.
Written March 19, 2023
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Judi D
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Wow! Monuments and museums surrounded by beautiful cherry blossom trees.
What a serene experience seeing this one unique week of natures beauty.
Loved the festival which included music, food and specialty items.
Written March 26, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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