In 1912, Japan gave the United States thousands of flowering cherry trees as a symbol of friendship.
These cherry blossoms were planted along the National Mall and are an enduring sign of rapport between the two countries.
Since that time, a yearly festival celebrating the gift has attracted millions of tourists to Washington, D.C. The blooming of the cherry blossoms not only serves as a reminder of friendship but a welcoming of spring.
Plan an unforgettable trip to the Cherry Blossom Festival using these tips.
Why the Japanese cherry blossoms are so special
The Cherry Blossom Festival is a popular event in Washington, D.C. The festival starts in mid-March and lasts well into April.
Though it’s easy to plan your travel around the festivities, catching the cherry blossoms in bloom involves a bit of luck. These delicate flowers bloom quickly in a burst of color and the blooms fall off in rain showers or with heavy winds. This is why these trees are so special; to see this spectacular, a once-a-year bloom feels like you’ve won the jackpot.
When it comes to traveling, options rule
Finding a flight to Washington, D.C. is easy because three airports service this city.
Public transportation takes visitors from the airport to the city center and surrounding areas. Taxi alternatives like Uber and Lyft are simple to use and available using your cell phone applications. With such convenient ways to get around the city, travelers can increase their chances of finding a cheap flight by checking the prices of all D.C. area airports.
You will find the best lodging options on Airbnb
Not only do cherry blossom lovers flock into the city, families also visit for spring break.
While there are plenty of cheap hotels in Washington D.C., some of the best rates can be found just outside of the city. You’re only separated from the city by the Potomac River and you have easy access to the best attractions.
Airbnb will be your best bet for affordable lodging during the cherry blossom festival. You can rent a room or an entire home. Because Washington, D.C. is such a popular destination, Airbnb options have plenty of customer reviews for you to make an informed decision.
You can fill every waking hour with cherry blossom festivities
The entire world visits Washington, D.C. for this festival and the city does not disappoint in the wide array of planned activities. In addition to the various year-long attractions, guests can enjoy themed parades, parties, and concerts to get them in the cherry blossom spirit. To top things off, a fireworks show will illuminate the night sky and blooming trees.
Cherry blossom mania doesn’t end there. Be sure to scan the Express – the free, local paper for listings of smaller events happening in the city.
There is hardly a better way to celebrate the start of spring than a festival dedicated to beautiful pink and white blooming flowers.
Plan your visit to Washington, D.C. for your chance to participate in the wonder that is the Washington, DC Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival.
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