Cherry Blossoms

It's Peak Bloom! DC's Cherry Trees Blossom at Tidal Basin

The beautiful and fleeting cherry blossoms have reached their peak at the Tidal Basin in D.C.

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Spring spirit is blooming! The cherry trees around the Tidal Basin have reached peak bloom, the National Park Service (NPS) announced at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. 

The cherry trees reached the puffy white stage on Saturday, two days before the spring equinox and a winter-like chill moved through the region. But on Thursday, the big day officially arrived.

The blossoms arrived right on time this year — the NPS had predicted the blossoms' peak bloom to happen between March 22 and 25. Peak bloom is defined as when 70% of the blossoms on the Yoshino cherry trees along the Tidal Basin have bloomed, according to the NPS.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival began earlier this week and runs through April 16. This weekend, two of the festival’s signature events are set to take place: the opening ceremony and the Blossom Kite Festival on the Washington Monument grounds.

The festival’s organizers recommend taking public transportation as there is limited parking available at the Tidal Basin. Metro began increased Blue, Orange and Silver line service on Monday and is offering $2 fares one-way through the entire festival. Check out our guide to visiting the Tidal Basin.

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D.C.'s cherry blossoms, one day before peak bloom for 2023.

Rain chances are expected Friday and Saturday, which could affect the longevity of the blossoms, according to Storm Team4. The best days for blossom viewing will be the first day of peak bloom and Sunday, when the sun is shining. 

More cherry blossoms can be found blooming across the D.C. area or viewed at home on the BloomCam if you can't get outside just yet.

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