2010 Cherry Blossom Festival March 27 - April 11

Early bloomers

The blossoms hit their peak bloom period on March 31, but are still visible on the Tidal Basin.

Best Bets

Avoid the crowds

Leave the Tidal Basin behind and find cherry trees in the suburbs.


News from the festival

Untold story of the first blossoms

The history of the Japanese couple behind the first planting of cherry blossoms is anything but rosy.

Tips, maps and features

From The Going Out Gurus

  • Where to eat
    There aren't many dining options near the cherry blossoms, but these are worth the walk.
  • Top sandwich shops
    Bringing a picnic to see the blooms? These shops turn bread and toppings into an art form.
  • By paddle and pedal
    Make reservations now to view the blossoms by paddle boat or take a bike tour.

Maps and Guides

Photos and Video

Visitors Guide

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