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Witnessing the cherry blossoms in bloom around the Washington, D.C. area is one of those bucket list items for many people, something they know they have to do.
The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, America’s greatest springtime celebration, is set for March 25 to April 16 just across the Potomac River in D.C. Here in Arlington, travelers can find rates that average 20 percent less than downtown Washington hotels while still staying close to beautiful blossom views. Book now!
Lovely puffs of white and pink give the area an unforgettable look that’s not to be missed. It’s a natural wonder that attracts 1.5 million people annually, and while it gets crowded around the Tidal Basin, in Arlington there are amazing views of the Tidal Basin’s famous cherry blossoms visible from sites like Arlington House and Gravelly Point.
This year's festivities include the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® on April 8, the Blossom Kite Festival on the Washington Monument grounds on April 1 and the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival on April 15.
The National Park Service’s Bloom Watch tracks how the buds are doing on the way to bloom, and they are blooming earlier and earlier each year due to climate change, according to the National Park Service and research by the Smithsonian Institution.
Besides natural beauty, the buds are an enduring symbol of international friendship. The original trees were a gift of Japan to the United States in 1912.
Author: Linda Keens