Three major airports link Washington, D.C. with the rest of the country and the world. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport all have limousine, taxi cab, or Metro services available that will connect with the National Mall and Memorial Parks.
Interstate 395 provides access to the National Mall and Memorial Parks from the South. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the North. Interstate 66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29 provide access from the West. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the East.
Several major bicycle trails make their ways to and through Washington, D.C. The Nation's Capital area is extremely bicycle friendly and readily accessible to riders of nearly every skill level. For detailed information about bicycle riding in the area, consult the Bicycling Information link. For information about bicycle riding and parking during the Cherry Blossom Festival, consult our park partner page.
Bike self-parking areas are provided south of the Jefferson Memorial; and at the Washington Monument at 15th St. and Independence Ave.
The regional bikesharing system is Capital Bikeshare. There are five bikeshare stations in the vicinity of the major memorials. Go to: capitalbikeshare.com for a full station map for the more than 150+ stations.
During the Cherry Blossom Festival Washington, D.C. sees a large increase in traffic throughout the city. Public Transportation is the best and most efficient way to see the sites.There are several Metro train and bus routes from the suburban areas surrounding the city. In addition to Washington, D.C. public transportation, adjacent state and commonwealth transportation authorities offer train service from area cites to the Nation's Capital. A good starting point is to check out Washington Metro Area Transit Authority website.
Interpretive, hop on - hop off bus service is provided by Big Bus/Open Top with bus stops located at all of the major destinations. Look for the red bus stop signs. Go to: bigbustours.com for more information.
A Cherry Blossom Shuttle is provided during the festival offering a $1 shuttle ride from Jefferson Memorial around Hains Point. There are 11 shuttle stops located around Hains Point.
Pedicabs are 3-wheeled bicycle-propelled cabs. Pedicab stops are located at major destinations.
There is limited visitor parking available along Ohio Drive, SW between the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials. Bus parking is available primarily along Ohio Drive, SW near the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials. See the Maps section for a detailed understanding of these areas.
There is limited handicapped parking at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt and World War II Memorials and near the Washington Monument and the Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln, Korean War Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans Memorials. Ohio Drive between Independence Avenue and Inlet Bridge is one way, northbound during the festival. There is no tour bus loading and unloading on West Basin Drive. Tour bus loading and unloading has been added north of West Basin Drive on Ohio Drive.
Walking is a wonderful way to see the blossoms. It is approximately 2 miles around Tidal Basin, and 3 miles around Hains Point. It is about a .4 mile stroll from Smithsonian Metro stop to the Tidal Basin area.