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.
The Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) provides metro (subway) and bus service in Washington, D.C. The nearest metro stop to the festival is Smithsonian on the Orange and Blue lines. The two entrances/exits to Smithsonian Metro are at 12th & Jefferson Drive SW and 12th & Independence Ave. SW. To avoid crowds, consider walking from Foggy Bottom (Orange and Blue lines), L'Enfant Plaza (Orange, Blue, Yellow, and Green lines), or Arlington Cemetery (Blue line). Use the WMATA Trip Planner to plan your route and calculate fares.
If you choose to drive, prepare for severe traffic congestion, extremely scarce parking, and altered traffic patterns including road closures and temporary one-way roads. Downtown Washington, D.C. is serviced by Interstate 395, Interstate 66, and U.S. Highways 1, 29, and 50. Consider parking at a metro station and using public transportation to reach the National Mall (see Public Transportation above).
There is not enough parking to accommodate all the vehicles driven to the Cherry Blossom Festival. Visitor parking is available in three lots on Ohio Drive SW. Street parking is 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 Maps for details.
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.
Capital Bikeshare provides bicycle rentals within the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Other vendors in the area also provide bicycle rentals.
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.
Access the cherry blossoms by boat using Potomac Riverboat Company.
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.
The Washington, D.C. area is served by three major airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).
Amtrak serves Washington, D.C.'s Union Station. The VRE and MARC train services are commuter rail services available on weekdays.