How to Get to the National Cherry Blossom Festival:
Public transportation is the best option for traveling to the National Mall and Memorial Parks during the Cherry Blossom Festival. If you choose to drive, be prepared for severe traffic congestion and scant parking availability.
Handicapped parking is 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.
Parking garages are available throughout downtown Washington, D.C.
Bicycle parking for personal bicycles is provided throughout the park. A temporary bike parking area is located on the south side of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial during the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Big Bus / Open Top is an authorized concessionaire that provides interpretive, hop on - hop off bus service throughout the D.C. area.
Martz/Gray Line shuttle service throughout East Potomac Park is available for $1 per ride. The service runs from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial to Hains Point with eleven stops.
Pedicabs are 3-wheeled bicycle-propelled cabs. Pedicab stops are located at major destinations.
Visitors are often surprised how much walking they do in our park! Take care of your feet. Wear comfortable walking shoes so you don't get blisters. Smithsonian Metro is about 1/2 a mile from the Tidal Basin Welcome Area. The Tidal Basin is 1.8 miles in circumference. The Hains Point loop is approximately 4 miles. The distance from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol is 2 miles.
Did You Know?
The first cherry trees were ceremonially planted by First Lady Helen Taft and Japanese Viscountess Iwa Chinda on March 27, 1912. 3,020 trees were planted throughout the modern National Mall and Memorial Parks as a gift from Tokyo, Japan to Washington, D.C. More...