Signs of Spring – DC Cherry Blossoms

I struggled with whether or not to continue to blog in this uncertain time of travel. I’ve decided to continue in hopes of bringing the joys of travel to everyone that isn’t able to travel now through the blog. Reading about travel and enjoying pictures of travel are a great way to keep the love of travel going and a distraction from the stress of our new lives today.

The Cherry Blossoms are in peak bloom in Washington DC right now. Due to the warmer than normal winter, peak bloom happened earlier than normal. Normally it occurs in the last week or March/first week of April.

In 1912, the Mayor of Tokyo gifted 3,000 cherry blossom trees to the United States as a way to celebrate the friendship between the Japanese and American people.

Most of the trees are located around the Tidal Basin and each year in March and April, hundreds of thousands of people come to admire the trees and take part in the Cherry Blossom Festival events. The events include a parade, kite festival and the popular Cherry Blossom 10-miler road race.

It’s a shame that people won’t be able to see these beautiful trees in person this year, but you can see them online. They have created a live “bloom cam” for people to see the cherry blossoms from home.

https://nationalmall.org/bloomcam

These pictures are from when I ran the Cherry Blossom 10-miler back in 2016. It was past peak bloom and there were still many beautiful trees. While it’s hard to predict when the peak bloom will be, planning a trip in late March/early April some future year is definitely worth it. Even if you don’t get to see the cherry blossoms at peak bloom, there is so much to see and do in Washington DC. Keep an eye out for future blogs on DC highlights.

Stay healthy everyone and stay home, we will get through this and be able to travel the world again!

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