Come Spring, D.C.’s cherry blossoms are one of the DMV area’s main attractions. Traditionally, cherry blossom trees in the Nation’s Capital, flourish in-sync throughout the city, along the National Mall, and lining the Tidal Basin. The hard part for visitors and DMV residents attempting to see the trees in their prime is predicting the narrow window during which they will be in peak bloom.
In 2016, the blooms were beautiful, and the weather was pretty close to perfect. Blue skies, no clouds, sunny, warm – it was the ideal day for wandering amongst hundreds of thousands of people to see the iconic trees.
I headed down to D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Festival, unsure of how the blooms would look. Humans were definitely confused by the crazy weather in early 2017 — so how do you think those trees feel? 60 & sunny, snow, rain, cold rain, hot rain, 75 and cloudy – I think a lot of people were unsure of how the trees would react to the extreme shifts in weather. And I was fearful that the blossoms wouldn’t survive until the Cherry Blossom Festival.
On our way to the Tidal Basin, I noticed that some of the blooms were looking bleak. Some trees along the National Mall looked dead, others were half full of flowers. Once we got down to the Tidal Basin to head out paddle boating on the Basin itself (HIGHLY SUGGEST DOING,) I was relieved to see that the trees surrounding the water all peaked in-sync. After asking, we were informed that 2017’s peak bloom coincided with the Festival itself — so everyone attending saw the trees at their prime, albeit a little less ‘pink’ than last year.
The weather for the day of the festival was warm but overcast; it was a fitting forecast as the blooms weren’t as vibrant as 2016. Nonetheless, they were still beautiful, and I couldn’t help but smile knowing I was spending my second consecutive year at one of the Nation’s most popular attractions, during it’s peak weekend.
I honestly feel so lucky to live in Baltimore — I think people take our location for granted. Our proximity to D.C. allows us to head into the historical yet trendy city for the day, or the weekend. We can attend festivals, events, and tour the buildings and monuments that house our history as a Nation. And that is why I’ve vowed to take advantage of opportunities like the Cherry Blossom Festival; I don’t know how long I’ll be living in Charm City, but I’m going to keep soaking up the experiences while I’m around!
Want to know about the history of the cherry blossoms?
“Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries.” Read more about the history HERE.
As for the rest of my day: we also made stops at The White House and the Washington Monument during our day in D.C!
MISSED PEAK BLOOM THIS YEAR?
Want to stay up to date on peak bloom for next year? Be sure to follow updates via BLOOM WATCH (“National Park Service horticulturists monitor five distinct stages of bud development and provide timely forecasts and updates”….so you know it’s about as accurate as you’re gonna get!)
Visiting and wanna get the whole experience? Be sure to check out the Cherry Picks Restaurants, perfect spots to grab a bite before or after you visit the cherry blossoms!
SO, stay up to date with the BLOOM WATCH – when the time gets closer, grab some friends, and head to D.C.! Countdown to next year’s peak bloom starts now!
Have you been down to D.C. during peek bloom? How did you like it? What was the weather like? The blooms? Let me know by commenting on this post!
Don’t forget to share your own urban adventures with me (and pictures of the cherry blossoms!) on Instagram by tagging me, @stylishlytaylored!
Until next time, keep exploring.