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Photo Friday | Cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C.

Cherry blossoms are in peak bloom today in Washington, D.C.!

If you live near or are visiting the District this weekend, you are in for a treat. The pink petals only last a few days, and the Japanese cherry trees’ flowers are expected to be at their peak today and tomorrow.

It’s perfect timing for the end of this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival and the annual parade. I just wrote a travel story for The Prince George’s Sentinel outlining this weekend’s festival festivities, which you might want to check out if you plan to see the blossoms this weekend. The cherry trees were gifted to the United States in 1912 from Japan. You’ll notice many of the festival’s events feature Japanese art, food and culture.

To see the cherry blossoms, you’ll want to visit the Tidal Basin for stunning views of the pink canopy surrounding the paddle-boat filled basin. The National Park Service offers guides and maps to take a walking tour of the blossoms, but the Tidal Basin — with its views of the Jefferson Memorial — is a must visit spot when the cherry trees bloom.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to see the cherry blossoms in person this year, but, fellow travel blogger Christina Ricchiuti, of Packed Suitcase, posted some beautiful pics of the blossoms yesterday on Instagram. Check out her gorgeous photos!

Below are photos I took of the cherry blossoms in March 2012. They bloomed much earlier two years ago!

Wish you were here,


2 Comments Post a comment
  1. This is probably why traffic was a nightmare today!

    April 11, 2014
    • Very likely, anomadlife. After living in the D.C. area for more than three years, I can say I’m happy to not deal with that traffic on a day-to-day basis anymore!

      April 11, 2014

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