National Cherry Blossom Festival

There's nothing quite like catching the cherry blossoms in full bloom along DC's Tidal Basin. Visit the nation's capital this spring and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Jefferson Memorial

Cherry blossom trees are in full bloom at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, pictured here with the Jefferson Memorial in the background.

All Along the Tidal Basin

Tourists can get an up-close-and-personal view of the blooms along the DC Tidal Basin.

Cherry Blossom Balloons

Cherry blossom balloons are carried along the parade route on Constitution Avenue. Various cultural groups, marching bands, floats and balloons are featured in the annual event. The festival started in 1935 and today, more than a million people visit Washington, DC, each year to admire the blossoming cherry trees and attend events in the 16-day festival.

Family Fun

A man lifts his baby daughter into the air near the base of the Washington Monument during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument can be seen through the branches of cherry trees along the tidal basin. The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo giving 3000 cherry trees to the city of Washington in 1912.

Cherry Blossom Princess

Embassy of Japan Cherry Blossom Princess, Tomoko Shiojiri, lights a Japanese stone lantern during a ceremony as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC.

Sakura Maturo Street Festival

Cultural groups perform in the Sakura Maturo Street Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue following the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival parade.

Off in the Distance

People walk a bike at the Tidal Basin under the cherry blossoms, with the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in the background.

Traditional Japanese Dancers

Traditional Japanese dancers prepare backstage before a performance in Washington, DC, as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

You Can See Them Everywhere

Cherry blossom viewing isn't limited only to the Tidal Basin either, bright-pink floral shows can be captured all over the city.

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