ALERT - March 21, 2020
Traffic control measures will be in place around the Tidal Basin on Sunday, Mar. 22, in order to discourage excessive visitation. These measures include the closure of Parking Lots A, B and C on Ohio Drive SW, the closure of East Potomac Park between the East Potomac Golf Course and Hains Point, and additional closures as necessary.
The National Park Service strongly urges anyone considering a visit to see the cherry blossoms to reconsider and to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, as it is difficult to maintain effective social distancing in large crowds. Slowing the spread of infectious diseases is everyone's responsibility.
ALERT - March 18, 2020
The Washington Area Metopolitan Transit Authority is urging the public to NOT take Metro to view the cherry blossoms so that limited transit capacity remains available for essential travel (e.g. doctors, nurses, essential governmental functions, etc.). Stations near the Tidal Basin may be closed at any time to discourage the use of Metro for sightseeing trips.
The blooming of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. has come to symbolize the natural beauty of our nation's capital city. The famous trees, a gift of Japan in 1912, signal Washington's beginning of spring with an explosion of life and color that surrounds the Tidal Basin in a sea of pale pink and white blossoms. In 2020, the Tidal Basin Welcome Area of the National Cherry Blossom Festival will be open on the weekends from (TBD). Use this site to help plan your visit!