One of the many exquisite events that we look forward to every year is the National Cherry Blossom Festival on the tidal basin in Washington, D.C. There is nothing like walking on that path, gazing at those pale pink blossoms to assure you that winter is over and spring is finally on its way. If you’ve never been, you simply must make the trek to the nation’s capital!
Peak Bloom is expected between March 19 and March 22, 2017, but the activities of the festival last much longer, taking place from March 15 to April 16, 2017
The City of Alexandria, Va. is offering a plethora of activities so you can enjoy those gorgeous pink blossoms, and more, throughout the spring!
March 17-19, 2017
Departing at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $30 round-trip for adults on weekends; $17 roundtrip for adults on weekdays; $16 round-trip for children under 12 on weekends; $10 round-trip for children under 12 on weekdays
Cameron & Union Streets, Alexandria, VA 22314
Traverse the Potomac River and see Old Town Alexandria from a different perspective as you head to the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. on the Cherry Blossom Monuments Cruise. View and listen to the history of the iconic monuments, memorials and bridges as the Potomac River awakens to the spring and see the prize and joy of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the cherry blossom trees. The cruise is 50 minutes one-way and approximately two hours round-trip.
March 24-April 16, 2017
Departing at 11:10 a.m., 1:35 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $28 round-trip for adults; $16 one-way for adults; $16 round-trip for children under 12; $8 one-way for children under 12
Departs from Cameron & Union Streets, Alexandria, VA 22314
Potomac Riverboat Company offers a 30-minute direct water taxi between Old Town Alexandria and the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It’s an easy way to access events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, including the Blossom Kite Festival. The boat docks at Ohio and West Basin Drive SW, near the Tidal Basin and near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and a Capital Bikeshare station.
March 15 to April 16, 2017 (or until cherry blossoms stop blooming); by appointment only
Admission: $375 per hour plus tax
Presented by Embark DC
Departs from Alexandria City Marina, 0 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Choose your own adventure on a privately chartered cherry blossom boat tour with Embark DC beginning March 15 and while cherry blossoms are blooming. Tours range from two to four hours and can include stops to take in the cherryblossoms at the Tidal Basin and surrounding monuments in Washington, D.C., the Georgetown waterfront, or even a stop to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. Your captain will provide narration throughout the tour, along with complimentary soft drinks. You can BYOB, plan a picnic, have your experience catered, or even grill BBQ on the boat (with advanced notice). Call 202-570-2410 to customize a tour for your friends and family. A two-hour minimum is required.
Saturdays, March 11-April 8, 2017 at 5 p.m. (except March 11 at 4 p.m.)
Admission: $20; $30 for two
Presented by Fetching Photos
Tour begins at Alexandria Visitor Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
There’s nothing prettier than spring in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Starting with crocuses in early March and progressing to cherry blossoms at the end of the month, historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia is popping with gorgeous blooms. Peak cherry blossom bloom is impossible to predict with accuracy, but you’ll be taken to the best flowers Old Town has to offer. Come learn photography tips, take your photos up a notch (or three!) and enjoy a walk touring some of Old Town’s best spring colors. During this one-hour tour you will learn highlights of Alexandria’s history while practicing techniques for photographing town in its spring glory. Each participant will receive one-on-one coaching tailored to their needs. We will be outside for the entire tour and walk a bit less than a mile, so please dress accordingly. This tour is good for smartphones and DSLRs/CSCs, it is pet-friendly, and has a 10-person maximum.
“Blossoms by day, Bliss by night” hotel package at Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa
This spring as the District begins to bloom, the National Cherry Blossom Festival will return to Washington, D.C. from March 15 to April 23, 2017. Travelers are invited to take in the beauty of the blossoms and stay in serenity at Kimpton Hotels with their signature “Blossoms by day, Bliss by night” package. By booking the offer, guests can indulge in relaxing Japanese-inspired experiences during their stay, while benefitting from Kimpton’s centrally located hotels nearby the stunning blooms.
Kimpton’s “Blossoms by day, Bliss by night” package includes:
-Deluxe accommodations at Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa
-Welcome bottle of sake
-Two in-room Japanese Camellia Oil Massages per stay*