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Cherry Blossoms Off the Beaten Path Around the Nation's Capital
The blossoming cherry trees in Washington, DC are spectacular and draw about a million visitors to the Tidal Basin each spring. Everyone should visit the famous trees at least once, but since they are only in bloom for a limited time, getting to the area means coping with crowds. Did you know there are some quieter places in the Washington, DC area to see cherry blossoms?
Click through the following guide to learn about some favorite spots around the region.
Looking for general information about the cherry blossoms? The peak bloom dates are predicted each year by the National Park Service. See the current year's estimated peak bloom dates.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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The United States National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC. Take a self guided tour and explore acres of flowering cherry trees by car, foot or bicycle. Visitors can explore 76 varieties of cherry trees blossoming in the research and display collections. The Arboretum is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. It can be busy during cherry blossom season, so arrive early or late in the day. Admission is free. Tram tours are $4 for adults, and $2 for children ages 4-16. Read more about visiting the National Aroretum.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, Virginia. See more than 20 varieties of cherry blossoms at the 95-acre gardens which features walking trails, lakes, irises, peonies, an extensive shade garden, native wildflowers, gazebos, birds, and butterflies. There's an indoor atrium, picnic areas and educational facilities. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for ages 7-17 and 55 & over.
This photo also captures the Korean Bell Garden at Meadowlark which contains over 100 trees and shrubs native to Korea and a central pavilion that includes replicas of ancient Korean monuments adorned with traditional Korean symbols and a flowing water way.
For more information, visit www.nvrpa.org/park/meadowlark_botanical_gardensContinue to 4 of 6 below.
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900 Anacostia Drive, SE. Washington, DC. Cherry trees bloom along the Anacostia River at the 1200 acre park that is one of Washington, DC's largest recreation areas. Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens and Kenilworth Marsh offer beautiful nature walks and exhibits. There is an 18-hole course, a driving range, three marinas, and a public boat ramp. Free Admission. Read more about Anacostia Park.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Stanton Park, Capitol Hill
5th and C Sts. NE Washington, DC. With four acres rimmed by cherry trees, this is one of the larger parks in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Although the park is named for President Lincoln's Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, the statue at the center of the park depicts revolutionary war hero General Nathanael Greene. The statue is surrounded by formal walkways, flower beds and a playground. No admission fees. Read more about Capitol Hill Parks.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Foxhall Village, NW Washington DC
Foxhall and Reservoir Rds, NW. Washington, DC. The neighborhood near Georgetown has cherry blossom-lined streets that are known as the best-kept secret among locals. For more information about the Foxhall community, visit www.foxhallcommunity.org.
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