Photos of Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC

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Cherry Blossoms on the Tidal Basin

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Washington, DC’s famous cherry trees welcome the spring season with a beautiful burst of color. More than 3,000 cherry trees were planted in 1912 at the Tidal Basin as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. The flowering trees are a spectacular sight to see.

Enjoy these photos of the cherry blossoms, learn more about the trees and get a glimpse of Washington's most beautiful season!

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Cherry Blossoms and the Washington Monument

Photo by National Cherry Blossom Festival

When the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, Washington DC is a popular place to visit. Washington, DC’s famed cherry trees grow in several locations including the grounds of the  Washington Monument.

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Cherry Blossoms Upclose

USDA Photo by Bob Nichols

Thousands of cherry trees brighten the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. Most of the trees are Yoshino Cherry. Other species include Kwanzan Cherry, Akebono Cherry, Takesimensis Cherry, Usuzumi Cherry, Weeping Japanese Cherry, and more.

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Cherry Blossoms and the Jefferson Memorial

Photo by National Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry blossoms surround the Tidal Basin and provide spectacular views of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC. The steps of the Memorial itself are a prime destination to enjoy the panoramic views of the trees.

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A Cloud of Pink on the Tidal Basin

Photo by the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Approximately 3,750 cherry trees are on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. During the peak bloom period, they are an amazing sight to see.

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More Cherry Blossoms on the Tidal Basin

Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Washington, DC’s famed cherry trees grow in three park locations: around the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, in East Potomac Park (Hains Point), and on the grounds of the Washington Monument.

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Cherry Blossom Trees

Photo by National Cherry Blossom Festival

Most of the trees on the Tidal Basin are Yoshino Cherry.

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Paddle Boats on the Tidal Basin

Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Paddle Boats are for rent on the eastern shore of the Tidal Basin.

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Cherry Blossoms on the Tidal Basin

Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Crowds flock to the Tidal Basin to see the beautiful cherry blossoms each spring.

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Cherry Blossoms and the Jefferson Memorial

Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
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Cherry Blossoms and the White House

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Cherry Blossoms with a view of the White House

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A Cluster of Cherry Blossoms

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Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom for up to 14 days.

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Washington Monument and Cherry Blossoms

Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Each spring, visitors flock to the National Mall to see the cherry blossoms..

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Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossom season is a beautiful time to visit Washington DC

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Cherry Blossoms at Sunrise in Washington DC

Cherry Blossoms at Sunrise in Washington DC
© Navin Sarma Photography

From the photographer, Navin Sarma "Only the right conditions allow one to photograph the beauty of these trees with a long exposure that accentuates the magic of a sunrise. All conditions must converge in during one of about 10 days of possible bloom, when the clouds take only a portion of the sky, when the sun rises in the proper place in the horizon, when the wind carries clouds in the stratosphere but does not disturb the branches on the Earth’s surface."

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Cherry Blossoms and the Capitol Building

Photo © Miller Taylor

Cherry Blossoms can be seen all around Washington DC, even on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol Building.

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Cherry Blossoms and the Japanese Pagoda in Washington DC

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Cherry Blossoms surround the Japanese Pagoda on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC.

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Cherry Blossoms at Arlington National Cemetery

© Miller Taylor

The Cherry Trees even drop their blossoms on the ground of Arlington National Cemetery.

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Cherry Blossoms and the Washington Monument

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Photo © Paul Frederiksen, Jr

Cherry Blossom season is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the major attractions in Washington DC. The cherry trees are planted in a cluster near the Washington Monument.

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Cherry Blossoms and the Crowds on the Tidal Basin

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To learn more about the cherry blossoms, read Everything to Know About Washington, DC’s Cherry Trees

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