Washington's Grandest Springtime Tradition!

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! 

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 25, 2020