Washington DC 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


Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 15, 2014

The cherry blossoms are mostly done now. Most trees have dropped all or nearly all of their petals and are starting to be covered with green leaves. If you go hunting, you can find the occasional tree that’s lagging behind and still has some pink blossoms, but they’re few and far between. But the Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms not far away are just starting to come out.


Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 13, 2014

It’s another beautiful spring morning, and the cherry blossoms are still in full bloom. There are more petals on the ground now, and when you look closely you can find green leaves poking through on more branches, but overall the blossoms are still in their prime.


Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 12, 2014

Spring turned the volume up to 11 today. Clear, sunny, and warm. And the cherry blossoms are putting on quite a show.


Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 11, 2014

The cherry blossoms are looking glorious. They’re in full bloom, and it’ll be prime viewing over the weekend. On some trees, you can spot some of the green leaves poking through, but for the most part they’re covered in beautiful white flowers in their prime.


NPS Calls Peak Bloom as April 10

The National Park Service this morning judged that 70 percent of the cherry blossoms were open today, making this year’s peak bloom date April 10.


Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 9, 2014

It’s a sparkling spring morning down at the Tidal Basin. There’s a bit of a chill in the air and a slight breeze, but otherwise it’s a very pleasant morning. The trees are looking beautiful, and it’ll be prime viewing from today through the weekend.

2015 Cherry Blossom Watch

The 2014 cherry blossoms have come and gone, but you sign up to to receive the 2015 Cherry Blossom Watch updates by email.

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About the Cherry Blossoms

Jefferson Memorial in the Haze with Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC-COPYRIGHT HAVECAMERAWILLTRAVEL.COM

2014 Peak Bloom Forecasts

The latest information and forecasts on when Washington DC’s cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin will reach peak bloom in Spring 2014.


How to Get 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.


What Peak Bloom Means and Why It (sort of) Matters

So what exactly is “peak bloom” anyway? When does it happen? And does it matter? Glad you asked.

Cherry Blossom Photography Tips


9 Tips for Taking Cherry Blossom Photos with Your Smartphone

Ideas for playing to the strengths of the camera you have with you all the time.


Cherry Blossom Photography Tips: Using the Sun

The sun can be a very dramatic addition to your photos of Washington DC’s cherry blossoms.


Cherry Blossom Photography Tips: Avoiding the Crowds

Crowds are an integral part of Washington DC’s cherry blossom season. But there are ways you can avoid them and still see flowers.