Plan a visit to the nation’s capital, known for its famous cherry blossoms. The cherry trees planted around the Tidal Basin in Washington originated from plantings given as gifts from the People of Japan in 1912.
Today, that gift continues to inspire the people of the United States, and is celebrated each spring with The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.
2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival
Washington’s famous cherry trees explode with blossoms creating a sea of pink and white blooms that draw thousands of visitors from around the nation.
The 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival starts on the first day of spring, March 20 and goes through April 14. The DC festival is a cultural experience that connects four weekends of events that combine culture, contemporary and traditional arts, as well as an organic sense of community.
Things to Do
The Cherry Blossom Festival offers more to do than walk amid the cherry trees. Daily programs and tours are designed to enhance your festival experience.
Here are a few favorites:
Lantern walks take place each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the festival. A park ranger leads the walk around the Tidal Basin guided by a lantern as he teaches about the cherry trees.
Cherry Chit-Chat Runs
For runners, Cherry Chit Chat Runs are held each Saturday during the festival. These runs provide the opportunity to enjoy a morning run as you explore the National Mall and take in the beauty of the cherry blossoms.
The Cherry Chit Chat Run is led by park rangers and includes a few stops along the way to highlight history. Runners should be prepared to run for about 3 miles at a steady pace.
Each Sunday during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, park rangers lead a guided bike tour of the capital from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Tours start at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial parking lot. These tours start with the festival, but continue each Sunday through November.
If you plan to attend the Cherry Blossom Festival 2013, there’s plenty more to do and see. No matter which activities you choose, be sure to bring your camera!