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Washington DC is beautiful in the spring with more than 3000 cherry trees in bloom, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and more happening.Have you been to Washington DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival or any of the other spring events? We dig into the famous blossoms of the Tidal Basin, other places to see cherry blossoms around Washington DC, and some surprising events open to the public.
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Have you ever gotten to stroll through 3000 cherry trees in full bloom? Did you know that Washington DC holds the National Cherry Blossom Festival every year? In this podcast episode we dig into cherry blossoms in Washington DC, other spring events not to miss, and our top picks for exploring DC with kids. It’s an awesome city, and in springtime is beyond gorgeous!

Be sure to check out our complete article all about the Best Things to do on a Washington DC Day Trip!

 

Washington DC is beautiful in the spring with more than 3000 cherry trees in bloom, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and more happening.Have you been to Washington DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival or any of the other spring events? We dig into the famous blossoms of the Tidal Basin, other places to see cherry blossoms around Washington DC, and some surprising events open to the public.

Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC and more!

In this episode…

0:30 – Introduction to Keryn of Walking On Travels and DC Travel Mag. Keryn is a seasoned travel blogger and magazine publisher who’s started a new website focusing on exploring the Washington DC area. Really, it’s all about finding the non-politics side of DC and enjoying the many sights, museums, restaurants and festivals.

Keryn Means of Walking On Travels & DC Travel Mag

Where to find Cherry Blossoms in DC

2:45 – Cherry Blossoms around Washington DC – the 3000 cherry trees around the Tidal Basin were a gift from the mayor of Tokyo, Japan in 1912. Spots in Washington DC to see the cherry blossoms:

  • National Mall
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • National Arboretum
  • Georgetown
  • Kenworth neighborhood of Bethesda, Maryland
Cherry Blossoms and Lincoln Memorial Washington DC NPS - Rachel Hendrix

Cherry Blossoms and Lincoln Memorial Washington DC, from NPS – Rachel Hendrix

4:20 – Best times to visit and explore the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are early morning or early evening during the week. When blossoms are in full bloom, which is typically mid-March through mid-April, the crowds can be a little intense, but exploring on foot around the Tidal Basin shouldn’t be too bad.

NoteNational Cherry Blossom Festival for 2020 is March 20 through April 12. Peek bloom may not exactly coincide with the festival dates, but is whenever 70% of the blossoms are open.

6:00 – What is the Cherry Blossom Festival? As the flowers start to hit their peak, a variety of galas and events, from fundraisers to afternoon teas, happen all around the city. 

Keryn’s top pick for a hotel during the Cherry Blossom Festival is the Mandarin Oriental. It is the closest hotel to the Tidal Basin and the Wharf, and it has its own collection of cherry trees that lead to the main cherry blossom area. Check out more DC Cherry Blossom Tips over on DC Travel Mag!

Cherry Blossoms and Washington Monument Washington DC NPS - Carol Highsmith

Cherry Blossoms and Washington Monument Washington DC, from NPS – Carol Highsmith

Flowers Beyond the Cherry Blossom Festival

8:00 – Other flowering trees and festivals to watch for are the magnolia trees all around the city and the Azalea Festival at the National Arboretum. There are so many green spaces around Washington DC that you’ll find blossoms all spring. Rock Creek Park is a great location to explore and hike and it’s in the middle of Washington DC.

Some other fun places to explore and experience a little nature in or close to DC include the George Washington Memorial Parkway and Great Falls National Park. Both are nearby and gorgeous!

Taylor Family at Great Falls National Park Fairfax Virginia 1

Best Ideas for a Washington DC Trip – CAN’T MISS THESE!

10:15 – Passport DC and the EU Open House- a really cool and special festival, Passport DC allows visitors to actually go into many of the international embassies on Embassy Row, participating in events and learning about the hosting cultures. This happens on the first two weekends of May. It’s all about food, drinks, traditional dances, presentations… Super cool!

Tip:  there’s an app and a map to guide you through Passport DC, so be sure to download and plan your time before you arrive!

13:00 – Top picks to add to a DC Cherry Blossom Festival trip:

Lincoln Memorial Sculpture at US Botanical Gardens National Mall Washington DC 1

19:00 – The Georgetown neighborhood is the coffee hub of Washington DC. Between small, local coffee shops and immigrant founded Ethiopian coffee establishments, you can find it all. Georgetown is much more than this though, and now is the heart of the eclectic food and shopping scene of Washington DC.

21:30 – Keryn’s top pick for the most iconic, most established restaurant in Washington DC is going to be Le Diplomat. It’s the top burger / brunch / French / everything else restaurant. Also, keep your eyes peeled for restaurants that offer “bottomless brunch” which is a flat rate dining experience of bottomless drinks and all-you-can-eat of great food. There are lots of different types of brunch in the Washington DC area.

from DC Travel Mag

24:30 – Two more must visit Washington DC activities: 

  • the National Portrait Gallery (near Ford’s Theater) for incredible, iconic, historic portraits and more. There is also an outdoor market in the plaza in front during the holidays.
  • go to Georgetown to go mural / public art viewing. The neighborhood is fun and full of art. Keryn recommends Georgetown Cupcake for the best dessert. There’s even an ice rink during the winter.

How much time should I spend in Washington DC?

27:30 – How much time should you allot for touring Washington DC? Two days is best to get a taste of DC, but three or more days really allows you to dig into the museums and neighborhoods better. The most ideal amount of time is five days, which gives enough time for museums, neighborhoods, Mount Vernon and exploring a bit of Virginia.

Check out DC Travel Mag’s Cherry Blossom Tips here!

Cherry Blossoms and Jefferson Memorial Washington DC NPS - Rachel Hendrix

Cherry Blossoms and Jefferson Memorial Washington DC, credit NPS – Rachel Hendrix

Thanks for hanging out with us. Be sure to follow DC Travel Mag on Instagram for the most up-to-date happenings. And we’ll be back in the DC area quite a bit this year, so watch for more great ideas from us too! And as always, please let us know if you have any questions!

Other DC/Virginia ideas:  Colonial Williamsburg  Virginia’s Historic Triangle

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Washington DC is beautiful in the spring with more than 3000 cherry trees in bloom, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and more happening.Have you been to Washington DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival or any of the other spring events? We dig into the famous blossoms of the Tidal Basin, other places to see cherry blossoms around Washington DC, and some surprising events open to the public.
Washington DC is beautiful in the spring with more than 3000 cherry trees in bloom, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and more happening.Have you been to Washington DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival or any of the other spring events? We dig into the famous blossoms of the Tidal Basin, other places to see cherry blossoms around Washington DC, and some surprising events open to the public.

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Comments:

  • Joseph William

    March 3, 2020

    Hey dads, you’re awesome! Thanks for the great travel guide, I’m proud of my city and its beauty.
    Keep it up!

    Warmly regards,
    Joseph

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  • withkidsontheroad

    May 21, 2020

    This one was on the planning for 2020. So sad it won’t be happening this year. Stay safe, love what you guys do!

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