Spots to View Cherry Blossoms When You're Trying to Avoid the Crowds

When the cherry blossoms bloom, visitors typically crowd around the world-famous trees surrounding the Tidal Basin. But as people are encouraged to social distance, we're sharing this list of spots where the flowers are just as beautiful to look at... without quite as much of a crowd.

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Nearly 100 acres of a wide array of plants comprise Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Fairfax Station, Virginia, but in the springtime, it becomes a haven of cherry blossoms for you to see. The parks are open during social distancing measures, but programs are canceled.
Photo by Paul McClure,, used with permission.
The U.S National Arboretum is a beautiful sight to see year-round, but when it’s surrounded by cherry blossoms it’s even more alluring.
Photo: Matt Chenet for Visit Alexandria
At Founder’s Park in Alexandria, you can take in fresh air, overlook the water and bask in cherry blossom galore.
National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Maryland, now boasts 200 cherry trees of their own.
The grounds of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, host cherry blossom trees. While the visitor's center is closed, you can still visit the site.
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