National Cherry Blossom Festival
There are few vistas more breathtaking than the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. Although the blossoms run on their own private schedule, the festival runs from March 20 through April 27, 2012.
This year will mark the 100th celebration of the original gift of the 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, D.C. in 1912.
Our nation’s capital is transformed by the blush-pink blooms, with thousands cherry trees popping with color near the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial.
Oh, yeah, Road Trips Gardeners, there are other things to do besides gawking at the scene. In fact, there are more than 100 performances and events — many of which are free — including guided tours, fireworks and a 5K run. Check ’em all out online. Because it’s the centennial, the fest has expanded to five full weeks.
It’s hard to plan ahead for the pink spectacle, but the average peak bloom day is late March/early April. You can keep track of the blossoming progress online.