Spring is the time for revitalization and regrowth. Much like autumn, spring provides gorgeous colors, but this time a sea of pastel greens and pinks. Cherry blossoms are among spring’s best attractions, and one of the most spectacular places to check out the blooms is during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.
While the timing of the festival changes every year, over the years the schedule has extended to run across several weeks to increase chances that visitors will be able to see peak bloom. Peak bloom is defined as the day when 70% of the cherry blossom trees in the area have opened their buds. In general, the festival runs from mid-March through mid-April, though the organizers did make last-minute changes to the dates in 2017 and 2018 to accommodate an early bloom.
Of course, Washington isn’t the only place that has a cherry blossom festival, but it is the oldest and also the largest in the United States. Although the main event is definitely checking out the beautiful cherry blossoms, there’s much more to do over the three-week-long festival.