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.
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.
Like much of the northeast, DC is getting a good dose of winter this past week with snow and bitterly cold weather. The cherry trees are weathering this cold snap just fine. The buds are still in their early stages and well protected.
It’s a beautiful, crisp winter’s morning, and the cherry blossom buds are still doing their thing.
There’s a light layer of slushy snow around the Tidal Basin, and the area is mostly deserted.
It’s definitely winter. The Tidal Basin is partly frozen over. Snow is on the way. And the cherry blossoms are still tightly tucked away in their protective buds.
Here’s a fun view of the cherry blossoms and the Jefferson Memorial from an old postcard.
Wondering what the cherry trees look like in the fall? Here are some photos.
No. Peak bloom was April 10, 2014, and the cherry blossoms have come and gone for the year. Here are some photos of what you missed.
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 looks great during the day, but there are also photographic opportunities at night.
Washington DC might not get anywhere near as much snow as areas farther north, but a decent snowfall has a way of turning the city’s landmarks into a winter wonderland.
Most Tuesday evenings in the summer, Marine Barracks Washington puts on a superb, free public event at the Iwo Jima Memorial next to Arlington National Cemetery. It’s a colorful and impressive spectacle against the backdrop of one of the area’s great monuments.
For what is really just a big, stone tower you’d expect the Washington Monument to be a boring thing to take photos of. But this isn’t just any old tower and happens to be near some of the world’s great landmarks, making for a bunch of ways and vantage points to get some interesting shots.
The Lincoln Memorial is one of the grandest and most distinctive of Washington’s monuments. Anchoring the western end of the National Mall and framed by the Reflecting Pool, it’s an outsized tribute to an American president who played an outsized role in America’s history: Abraham Lincoln.
The National World War II Memorial sits at the opposite end of the Reflecting Pool from the Lincoln Memorial and not far from the Washington Monument.
Sitting across the street from the US Capitol Building, the Supreme Court houses the judicial branch of the United States federal government. It’s in an appropriately grand building built in the mid-1930s and fronted by imposing classical marble columns.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center is an impressive and large addition to the museum’s exhibit space.
As both the home and office of the President of the United States, the White House is probably the most widely recognized building in Washington DC.
Originally opened in 1923 to display the collections of Charles Lang Freer, the Freer Gallery has since been merged with the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery to form the National Museum of Asian Art for the United States of America.
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, in tribute to the celebrated Civil Rights leader, is now open on the banks of the Tidal Basin opposite the Jefferson Memorial.
The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool does what it does best very well indeed, providing some great photographic opportunities for capturing reflections of the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.
Each spring, Washington’s famous cherry blossoms burst into white and pink bloom. But the date shifts each year depending on natural environmental factors. Here’s the latest information on the 2013 blooming of the cherry blossoms.