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.
Here’s a timeline of what to expect from roughly a week before the peak bloom to about a week after.
There’s noticeable progress in the cherry blossom buds, but the trees still have a way to go before flowering.
Wintry mix and even snow are forecast overnight, but it won’t trouble the trees or change the existing peak bloom forecasts.
It’s a beautiful spring day down at the Tidal Basin. And the Washington Post Capital Weather Gang has issued their first peak bloom forecast for the season.
We’re finally getting a brief taste of spring. But the cherry blossoms have some catching up to do.
The National Park Service have issued their first cherry blossom peak bloom forecast for 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.
It has been a cold February, which will slow the cherry blossoms down. But if March is warm it could easily reverse that.
We have a few inches of slushy, wet, and very slippery snow around the cherry blossoms this morning.
The latest information and forecasts on when Washington DC’s cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin will reach peak bloom in Spring 2015.
The short answer is that there’s no easy answer. On average, the peak bloom occurs sometime around the last week or so of March through the first week or so of April. But precisely when during that period varies year to year. So here’s the longer version.
Some local recommendations on where to stay if you’re visiting from out of town to see the cherry blossoms.
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.
So what exactly is “peak bloom” anyway? When does it happen? And does it matter?
Cherry Blossom Photo Tips
Ideas for playing to the strengths of the camera you have with you all the time.
The sun can be a very dramatic addition to your photos of Washington DC’s cherry blossoms.
Crowds are an integral part of Washington DC’s cherry blossom season. But there are ways you can avoid them and still see flowers.
The cherry blossoms look great during the day, but there are also photographic opportunities at night.