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National Cherry Blossom Festival
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USD 54.00*
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Half Day DC Cherry Blossom Tour
Ranked #46 of 437 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: While cherry blossom festivals are held in many US cities throughout the springtime, the DC National Cherry Blossom Festival is by far the grandest. Symbolic of international friendship, the 1,700 cherry blossom trees that line the Tidal Basin were a gift from Japan to the United States. In March or April (forecasts are generally released in early March), these trees burst into bloom in delicate pinks and whites. When they do, a festival is held for almost two weeks to celebrate, with daily events that highlight traditional and contemporary Japanese arts and culture. Fun and engaging for people of all ages, most events are free and open to the public. They include the Pink Tie fundraising party, family day at the National Building Museum, an opening concert, a kite festival, fireworks, a parade, drum and dance workshops, cosplay day, and much more.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Cherry Blossom festival, held annually in spring as the magical tidal basin turns white and light pink, can take a visitor to wonderland for a day. People come from near and far to join the fest. There are two issues, one is traffic, and the other is the hand of mother nature that can ruin the beauty with rain or wind or even snow. From concert to walks to kites to photography, Cherry Blossom festival offers unforgettable moments every year. Visitors keep coming back to the number one event of DC.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We lucked out that the blossoms were in bloom at the time of our planned spring break trip. It was a little disappointing to see litter around the mall area. Since the dates fluctuate due to the weather, for those of us that are flying in from across the country, I would time your trip so that hopefully you can see the blossoms but realize that it may change and you may not see them.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We tired twice in previous years. Once too soon and once too late to catch the blooms. This year we caught it just right on April 1st! Oh! They were so beautiful and worth the drive from PA to D.C. It was very busy. Lots of foot traffic and car traffic. I suspect less busy on a weekday with the people walking to see the blooms.
Even though we didn't go on the actual Festival day, we enjoy seeing these special Cherry Trees.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Great narrative about how President Taft’s wife, other US activists, and Japanese business leaders, came together resulting in Japan gifting the first 3,000 trees to US. These are on display in Tidal Basin area. Pink now but lily white at peak (this year about April 8th). Other species bloom later but all are in DC area.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

There were tourists climbing on trees, picking daffodils and we watched one gal RIP a branch off and damage a tree. We went to the Rangers and two were watching and did NOTHING!!

I'll bet if I went and climbed a Shinto Shrine what kind of trouble would I get into? What if I climbed the Coliseum what would happen?

Lack of respect and dignity by the visitors and LOCALs were overwhelming.

The dog's pooping and their owners NOT PICKING UP after them! UGH, it was gross. Parents were pulling their kids away from the piles. Truly disgusting!

We cut short our daytrip. It was truly depressing how our Nation's Capital was being dirtied and abused. It looked like a stadium after a Ravens game! GROSS!!

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