Every year when Washington D.C. thaws from winter, the leafless trees around the city wake from their slumber to blossom into normal-looking trees (again). During this cycle, the trees give way to vibrant pink buds that eventually turn white.
What better way to signify that the shitty cold has gone for good than to watch thousands of Cherry Blossom trees spring to life in mid/late March with the skyline of America’s capitol in the background of your Instagram pictures.
The ceremonial National Cherry Blossom Festival happens in early’ish April, usually near the peak of color. Visitors can walk the national mall and tidal basin to bask in the beauty of countless trees.
National Cherry Blossom Festival Uncensored
The event (like all in D.C.) is free to the public. You’ll likely pay a premium for parking and street food comes with a hefty price (yay capitalism!).
During the festival weekend, there are lots of family-friendly activities, music, and homeless people begging the large crowds of onlookers for money.
If you live in the area, take the D.C. Metro.