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The Best Spots in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia to See the Cherry Blossoms

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With the help of a map of the cherry trees in the District of Columbia and a list of the top viewing places in Maryland and Virginia, you may choose a place to enjoy the blossoms close at hand.

Did you know that the act of appreciating cherry blossoms has its phrase in the Japanese language? There is no better way to spend the day in D.C. than at a hanami party.

The cherry blossom season is in full bloom in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia, including the city's most renowned cherry trees near the Tidal Basin.

The National Park Service has expected peak bloom to occur around March 22-25 this year because of the unusually warm winter in Washington, D.C.

The best places to see the cherry blossoms in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia are listed below. To be considered for a feature, please send an email to isee@nbcwashington.com or tag @nbcwashington in an Instagram or Twitter picture.

The Tidal Basin is ground zero for the annual cherry blossom craze that sweeps the nation each spring. During peak bloom, when at least 70 percent of the Yoshino trees in the vicinity are flowering, the area becomes a popular tourist destination. The Tidal Basin Loop Trail is easily accessible by public transportation, bicycle, or scooter, and then on foot.

Shopping for souvenirs, snacks, kid-friendly activities, a pet comfort station, and helpful information about exploring the forest can all be found at the welcome center on West Basin Road SW. The ANA Stage will host live performances from noon to six o'clock every day during peak bloom.

Originating in the Fluid Medium

The Tidal Basin pedal boats are once again in operation. Rentals are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Up to four persons may ride in each boat (with a weight limit of 500 pounds). Weekend rates are $42, while weekday rates are $38. You may still make reservations till the end of the year in October.

The Potomac Paddle Club is the only paddling group that serves alcoholic beverages. Starting on March 25th, their pontoon pedal boat will let guests bring their alcohol, including beer, wine, seltzer, and canned drinks.

Could you see yourself more at home on a kayak? The first cherry blossom trips depart on March 24 from Thompson Boat Center in Georgetown and The Wharf Boathouse, but you may hire kayaks and go seeing blossoms on your right now. The greatest places to see flowers in bloom from the water at the Thompson Boat Center in Georgetown and The Wharf.

With the City Experiences App, passengers on the cherry blossom water taxi may listen to guided tours of the sights along the Georgetown-Alexandria Sightseeing Route, the Georgetown-Wharf Sightseeing Route, and the Washington Monuments Route.

There are several cherry blossom cruises to choose from, including one that departs during the festival's fireworks display.

University of the Americas

We are located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW in Washington, DC.

Around 3,000 trees of various species, including clusters of cherry trees, may be found on the American University campus in Northwest D.C.

Location: 1801 E St. SE, Washington, DC. Congressional Cemetery.

This dog-friendly cemetery has both the early-blooming Okame (Taiwan) cherry trees and the later-blooming Kwanzan cherry trees.

Washington, DC; 1200 Mississippi Avenue SE.

The Tidal Basin could have some competition from this park. There are almost 200 cherry trees there now.

Location: 760 Maine Avenue SW, The Wharf, Washington, DC.

The cherry blossoms across the Washington Channel may be seen from a stroll along The Wharf or a table on a restaurant terrace. You might take the Cherry Blossom Water Taxi, or hire a kayak or canoe. Bonus: On April 1st, there will be a family-friendly celebration called Bloomaroo, with live music, art, and fireworks.

At 1100 Ohio Dr. SW at Hains Point, in Washington, DC.

One of the best spots to watch cherry blossoms while riding a bike is the Hains Point Loop Trail. The Anacostia River, the Potomac River, the Washington Channel, and The Wharf can all be seen from the four-mile circle. You may observe Okame, Takesimensis, and Kwanzan cherry trees as you bike along this path surrounded by trees.

Washington, DC's Stanton Park, located at 226 4th Street NE.

Located near Capitol Hill, this park is perfect for a day out with the family under the beautiful cherry blossom trees. It's convenient to the Supreme Court and the Capitol Building, and it contains a playground and a monument of Nathanael Greene.

American National Arboretum

Postal Address: 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002

The Arboretum is home to its grove of cherry trees, among many other varieties of flora. There is a self-guided tour available on this site.

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