When Spring arrives in the Nation's Capital

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 2017, come visit the Welcome Tent area of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, March 18-April 2.  Use this site to help plan your visit! 

close up picture of cherry blossoms

Bloom Watch

Bloom Watch where you find out how the trees are doing on their way to peak bloom.

Last updated: March 14, 2017