Each spring, the cherry blossoms lining Washington DC’s Tidal Basin burst in a beautiful display of floral fireworks – white, light pink, dark pink, yellow and green.
The blooms typically come out between the last week of March and the first week of April. That timeframe is usually a good time to aim for if you’re planning on visiting the nation’s capital.
Precisely when peak bloom occurs depends on the weather in the weeks and months leading up to it. Warmer, sunnier conditions through the winter and early spring tend to bring an earlier bloom. Sustained cold, wintry weather delays it.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is typically scheduled over 2-3 weeks around the average peak bloom date. The hope is that the blossoms will come out at some point during that period, but it’s unlikely they’ll be out for the duration.
I just read that this year’s peak bloom, which only lasts a few days, will probably be Easter weekend as they are already starting to find flowers blooming. So I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of my photos from previous years.
They are so beautiful that people want to touch them and sit in their beauty.
And grab your cameras because you are going to want to take your photo in and amongst the blooms.
I wish that I could be there this year to see them because they are truly spectacular. If you haven’t seen them in real life, I highly recommend it.