Ushering in the arrival of spring, the cherry blossoms of Washington, D.C., are fully in bloom. These pastel beauties can be found all throughout the region, and the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival will be running now through April 17th. With Washington, D.C., White House as your centrally located home base, plan your outings with this handy guide.
All over Washington, D.C.! Pack your camera to capture inspirational images of these gorgeous blooms all along the Tidal Basin (a tip: Go at sunrise to avoid the crowds that converge later in the day). On this route, both the Jefferson Memorial and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial offer spots to stop and enjoy the views. One little-known fact: The U.S. National Arboretum in northeast D.C. has more than 30 varieties of cherry trees on display over miles of pristine pathways. Best of all, it’s free!
Cherry blossoms may be fleeing, but you can still enjoy spring blooms all season long. The Arboretum is awash in colorful azaleas along paths of woodland trails. Virginia bluebells are on full display at Riverbend Park on a path that follows the Potomac River. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens has expansive gardens springing to life this season and an astonishing greenhouse filled with over 2,000 types of orchids.
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