Things to Know
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a well-attended annual event in Washington, D.C., attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. Plan for crowds and variable spring weather.
Where are the cherry blossom trees? Cherry trees surround the Tidal Basin and line the shores of the Potomac River and Washington Channel. Head toward the Thomas Jefferson Memorial or stroll along Ohio Drive SW to see trees. See Maps and Brochures for detailed information.
What is the best way to get to the cherry trees? Take public transportation! The nearest metro (subway) stop to the Cherry Blossom Festival and the National Mall and Memorial Parks' blossoms is Smithsonian. Other nearby stations include Foggy Bottom, L'Enfant Plaza, and Arlington Cemetery. See WMATA.com for trip planning details and fares.
Can I drive to the park? Yes, but driving is not recommended. Drivers are likely to encounter congestion, delays, temporary closures, and temporary one-way streets related to Cherry Blossom Festival activities. Little free or nearby paid parking is available. Free public parking is available on Ohio Drive SW, 14th Street, and Constitution Avenue. Garage parking is available north of the White House, however this is a 20 to 30 minute brisk walk to the Tidal Basin area.
Picking blossoms is prohibited.
Climbing trees is prohibited.
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...