National Cherry Blossom Festival



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Outdoor Activities, Sightseeing: In 1912, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki gifted Washington, D.C. with 3,000 cherry trees. To commemorate his generosity, the Cherry Blossom Festival was born. Tourists from all over the world come to the Tidal Basin to see the blooms which come out on average between late March to early April. The peak bloom date is the day that 70 percent of the blossoms are open. While the blooms may be the main attraction, the festival features a variety of creative and diverse activities that promote contemporary arts and culture, the environment and education. While most events are free and open to the public, some require paid admission. Metro: Smithsonian

Annual Events: In 1912, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki gifted Washington, D.C. with 3,000 cherry trees. To commemorate his generosity, the Cherry Blossom Festival was born. Tourists from all over the world come to the Tidal Basin to see the blooms which come out on average between late March to early April. The peak bloom date is the day that 70 percent of the blossoms are open. While the blooms may be the main attraction, the festival features a variety of creative and diverse activities that promote contemporary arts and culture, the environment and education. While most of the events are free and open to the public, some require paid admission. METRO: Smithsonian

Free Things to Do, Best Attractions & Activities: In 1912, Toyoko Mayor Yukio Ozaki gifted Washington, D.C. with 3,000 cherry trees. To commemorate his generosity, the Cherry Blossom Festival was born. Tourists from all over the world come to the Tidal Basin to see the blooms which come out on average between late March to early April. The peak bloom date is the day that 70 percent of the blossoms are open. While the blooms may be the main attraction, the festival features a variety of creative and diverse activities that promote contemporary arts and culture, the enviroment and education. While most events are free and open to the public, some require paid admission. Metro: Smithsonian


Insider Tips

Local Expert Says:

Outdoor Activities, Sightseeing, Free Things to Do, Best Attractions & Activities: "Come in the early morning or evening hours to avoid large crowds."

Annual Events: "Crowds can get heavy over the weekends so try to plan your visit during the week or early hours."

Best for Outdoor Activities Because: Rid yourself of the winter blues and cabin fever by attending this kick off to spring festival outdoors.

Best for Sightseeing Because: Washington. D.C. may be known for being covered in red, white and blue but it always looks good in pink.

Best for Annual Events Because: If you have been cooped up all winter, this festival is a great way to welcome spring.

Best for Free Things to Do Because: People from around the world make their way to the nation's capital just for this event.

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: What better way to welcome the end of winter and the beginning of spring than to have beautiful flowers framing the Nation's Capital.

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Outdoor Activities, Sightseeing: In 1912, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki gifted Washington, D.C. with 3,000 cherry trees. To commemorate his generosity, the Cherry Blossom Festival was born. Tourists from all over the world come to the Tidal Basin to see the blooms which come out on average between late March to early April. The peak bloom date is the day that 70 percent of the blossoms are open. While the blooms may be the main attraction, the festival features a variety of creative and diverse activities that promote contemporary arts and culture, the environment and education. While most events are free and open to the public, some require paid admission. Metro: Smithsonian

Annual Events: In 1912, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki gifted Washington, D.C. with 3,000 cherry trees. To commemorate his generosity, the Cherry Blossom Festival was born. Tourists from all over the world come to the Tidal Basin to see the blooms which come out on average between late March to early April. The peak bloom date is the day that 70 percent of the blossoms are open. While the blooms may be the main attraction, the festival features a variety of creative and diverse activities that promote contemporary arts and culture, the environment and education. While most of the events are free and open to the public, some require paid admission. METRO: Smithsonian

Free Things to Do, Best Attractions & Activities: In 1912, Toyoko Mayor Yukio Ozaki gifted Washington, D.C. with 3,000 cherry trees. To commemorate his generosity, the Cherry Blossom Festival was born. Tourists from all over the world come to the Tidal Basin to see the blooms which come out on average between late March to early April. The peak bloom date is the day that 70 percent of the blossoms are open. While the blooms may be the main attraction, the festival features a variety of creative and diverse activities that promote contemporary arts and culture, the enviroment and education. While most events are free and open to the public, some require paid admission. Metro: Smithsonian

10Best List photo Insider Tips

Local Expert Anjali Mansukhani Says:

Outdoor Activities, Sightseeing, Free Things to Do, Best Attractions & Activities: "Come in the early morning or evening hours to avoid large crowds."

Annual Events: "Crowds can get heavy over the weekends so try to plan your visit during the week or early hours."

Best for Outdoor Activities Because: Rid yourself of the winter blues and cabin fever by attending this kick off to spring festival outdoors.

Best for Sightseeing Because: Washington. D.C. may be known for being covered in red, white and blue but it always looks good in pink.

Best for Annual Events Because: If you have been cooped up all winter, this festival is a great way to welcome spring.

Best for Free Things to Do Because: People from around the world make their way to the nation's capital just for this event.

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: What better way to welcome the end of winter and the beginning of spring than to have beautiful flowers framing the Nation's Capital.

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