It’s that special time of year again: starting this Saturday, March 27, the National Cherry Blossom Festival begins its two week run here in Washington. Dozens of fun events, including a parade, fireworks, street festivals and lantern lighting, mark the occasion.
The action centers around the Tidal Basin, which runs adjacent to the Potomac River and is lined with the aforementioned trees. The trees were a gift to the nation from Japan a century ago. Though it’s difficult to predict exactly when the peak bloom period of the cherry blossoms will occur from year to year, the first week of April is usually a safe bet for prime blossom viewing. Seeing as this coincides with Spring Break and Easter holidays, it’s a virtual certainty that DC will be a popular destination for visitors from all over the world.
If you’re planning to visit DC to see the glorious blooms for yourself, consider staying in the Southwest Waterfront area – that way, you’ll be right in the middle of the action and you could potentially even walk over to the Tidal Basin from your hotel. As of this blog post being published, the chic Mandarin Oriental and the more affordable L’Enfant Plaza Hotel still have rooms available for the weekend of April 3.