Washington's Grandest Springtime Tradition!

ALERT - March 23, 2020
Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from D.C. Public Health in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers, the Tidal Basin is closed to all vehicular trafic, pedestrians and cyclists as of March 23. See more at bit.ly/3dxbPsG.

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.). The Smithsonian/National Mall station is closed until further notice.


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! 

Cherry Blossom Bloom Cam shot of the Tidal Basin

Bloom Cam

Watch the Blooming of the Cherry Trees along the Tidal Basin

Park ranger talks to visitors under cherry tree blossoms

Ranger Tours and Programs

Join a ranger for a talk or tour about the cherry blossoms. We've even got programs for Junior Rangers and Bark Rangers!

Closeup of a cherry blossom

A Field Guide to the Cherry Trees

Can't tell your Yoshinos from your Usuzumis? We've got you covered here!

A Japanese woman in cultural attire stands in front of a Japanese stone lantern

Events and Activities

The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs over five weekends with a parade, Japanese cultural events, fireworks and much, much more!

Turn of the century photo of Japanese visitors at the cherry blossoms

An International Gift of Friendship

Learn how over the last 100 years the cherry blossoms have become Washington's grandest springtime tradition.

Last updated: March 27, 2020