Washington DC cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin

Washington DC’s Cherry Blossoms

Every spring, nearly 1,700 Cherry Blossom trees lining Washington DC’s Tidal Basin burst into color in a beautiful display of floral fireworks. But the peak bloom period lasts only a few days, and precisely when it happens varies each year. This site brings together information about visiting the cherry blossoms and Washington DC, peak bloom forecasts, and up-to-date photos so that you can plan your own visit or follow along from afar.

Latest Updates


What to Expect, When

Here’s a timeline of what to expect from roughly a week before the peak bloom to about a week after.

Cherry Blossoms - March 3, 2015

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 3, 2015

We’re expecting the National Park Service to issue their first peak bloom forecast later today. In the meantime, here are some photos of how the trees are looking this morning.

Visitor Guides


How to Get to There

Information on the best ways to get down to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms, including by Metro, by car, and by bike.

Cherry Blossom Photo Tips