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Cherry Blossom Road Closures in Place
Road closures are in place for vehicular traffic around the Tidal Basin, East Potomac Park and West Potomac Park, effective Friday, March 26. All areas currently remain open to pedestrians and cyclists at this time. More>>>

The public is encouraged to virtually experience the cherry blossoms this year to help avoid crowding at the Tidal Basin and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

How to get to the Cherry Blossom Festival

Public transportation is the best option for traveling to the National Mall and Memorial Parks during the cherry blossom festival. All roads in the vicinity of the Tidal Basin, East Potomac Park, and West Potomac Park, as well as all parking areas, are currently CLOSED (effective Friday, March 26). Map of closures located here.

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Metro
The Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) provides local train and bus service in Washington, DC. The nearest Metro train stop to the festival is the Smithsonian/National Mall station on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines. The two entrances/exits to Smithsonian/National Mall station are located at 12th Street & Jefferson Drive SW (on the Mall) and 12th Street & Independence Avenue SW. To avoid crowds, consider walking from Foggy Bottom (Orange, Blue and Silver lines), Federal Triangle (Orange, Blue and Silver lines), L'Enfant Plaza (Orange, Blue, Silver, Yellow, and Green lines).

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Bicycle
Bicycles provide an easy, no fuss way to get to and through the Cherry Blossom Festival. We will be offering designating bicycle parking areas at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Capitol Bikeshare may have corrals during the three weekends of the Festival (to be determined).

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Driving
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, DC is serviced by Interstate 395, Interstate 66, and US Highways 1, 29, and 50. Consider parking at a Metro station and using public transportation to reach the National Mall (see the Public Transportation section above).

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Parking
There is not enough parking to accommodate all the vehicles driven to the Cherry Blossom festival. Visitor parking is available along Madison Drive NW and Jefferson Drive NW along the Mall, or along Constitution Avenue NW. Extremely limited bus parking on Independence Avenue SW between 15th and 17th streets. Limited handicapped parking is available near the memorials, but these fill quickly. Record of Determination for Temporary Public Parking Closure.

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Walking
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. The Smithsonian/National Mall Metro station is about half 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 US Capitol is 2 miles.

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Water Taxi
Cruise past the cherry blossoms with D.C. Cruises or the Potomac Riverboat Company Water Taxi to landmarks such as the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, and the 14th Street Bridge. Potomac Riverboat Company is offers DIRECT service to the National Mall from the National Harbor, Maryland, and Alexandria, Virginia. Docking at West Basin and Ohio Drives in SW Washington, are a short walk to the Lincoln Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the Tidal Basin.

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Bus
The DC Circulator National Mall route provides transportation between 15 stops at the monuments, memorials, and museums throughout National Mall and Memorial Parks. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing stop is located at 15th Street SW near Maine Avenue and across the street from the Tidal Basin Welcome Area. NOTE: Effective Friday, March 26, DC Cirulator will not stop at the Bureau of Printing Engraving, Thomas Jefferson Memorial or Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (Stops 6, 7 and 8) due to road closures associated with peak bloom.

Last updated: March 27, 2021