In 1912, Japan gave the United States a heap of their country’s famous Cherry Blossom trees as a sign of good relations. Some of these lovely pink- and white-leafed beauties landed in Manhattan, and some of them landed right here in the nation’s capital.
More than a century later, the full-grown and visually sensational trees have become a Washington DC landmark. Attracting millions of photographers each year and drawing thousands of visitors to an annual festival, these trees are quite the attraction.
This years Cherry Blossom Festival will take place from March 20 through April 15, 2018. To experience the magic of cherry blossoms in Washington DC, here are three of the best places in which to enjoy cherry blossom trees in Washington, DC.
Washington Monument Grounds
It is a law in Washington DC that no other building can stand taller than the Washington Monument. So when you go to this iconic pillar of United States landmarks, you’re truly looking to the pinnacle of the great National Mall.
In addition to the Washington Monument’s prestige, it also happens to be one of the best places in the city from which to view cherry blossom trees, which are in bloom throughout the spring.
West Potomac Park
Right across the street from the Washington Monument Grounds sits West Potomac Park. This little stretch of land rests right on the mystically blue Tidal Basin with the Jefferson Memorial sitting in full view across the water. Along the water, the park offers pedestrians a series of benches sidelining a runway perfect for jogs, walks and bike rides.
Also along this bikeway sits a grove of magnificent cherry blossom trees. Sitting in the grass and gazing out on the basin and memorial through the pinkish hue of the cherry blossom leaves is about as visually lovely of an experience one can find in Washington DC.
East Potomac Park
Located on the other side of the basin, East Potomac Park marks one of the last places to see cherry blossoms in Washington DC. A step away from the other two locations on the National Mall, East Potomac Park holds the advantage of being the least frequented and most peaceful cherry blossom spot.
East Potomac Park also has two golf courses, running and biking trails and an incomparable view of planes taking off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. With all of these lovely attractions, don’t forget to take a minute and enjoy the cherry blossoms in their magnificent springtime wonder.