It’s true that you can see gorgeous cherry blossoms right here in Richmond– Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and Maymont’s Japanese Garden–but there’s no place like nearby Washington, D.C. to really take in the spectacle and celebration of these beauties. D.C.’s blooms are really a sight to behold and an iconic springtime event recognizing the 3,000 trees gifted to them by Japan in 1912 as a sign of friendship between our two countries and the official beginning of spring. Every year, people from all over travel to get a glimpse of the cherry blossoms and take part in the Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs from March 20-April 14 for 2019.
Experts say that this coming Monday, April 1, will mark the beginning of this season’s peak bloom and if you’re looking for the ideal spot to see the trees in full bloom, The Tidal Basin and along the shore of East Potomac Park are the places to be. I was able to make it up for a day at last year’s festival, and although the traffic was pretty crazy and the weather wasn’t very spring-like (it was pretty cold this time last year), the payoff was so worth it. Those trees were one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever laid my eyes on! And being in the middle of so many people in awe of them was an experience in itself. However, if large crowds aren’t your thing, there are other options. Away from the Festival area, you can see clusters of trees by The National Mall and around the Washington Monument. You can also plan to visit in the early morning or evening, as they’re known to be less busy.
But, if the Festival is what you’re there for, there are some fun events to take part in, and I’d highly recommend it to get the full cherry blossom experience. One of my favorites is the Kite Festival (March 30), and the parade is amazing too! There are also fantastic musical performances, food and drink tastings, and much more depending on what day(s) you’re there. Click on this link for the National Cherry Blossom Festival to get the details about all the happenings at this year’s celebration.
It’s an event the entire District goes all out for and really embraces. And, in my opinion, something that no Virginian should miss out on.