Cherry blossoms traditionally signify the beginning of spring, and while many people associate these flowers with Japan, you can also see them right here in the U.S.
In Washington, D.C., most people head to the Tidal Basin, which has nearly 1,700 cherry trees. Peak season depends on the weather, but it usually takes place in early April.
The annual cherry blossom festival runs from March 20 to April 15.
An alternative place to see them in D.C. is the National Arboretum, part of the Department of Agriculture. They have a variety of cherry trees, which bloom at different periods in March and April.
San Francisco has one of the biggest cherry blossom festivals in the country: two weekends of Japanese culture, food, and performances as well as trees in bloom.
Believe it or not, Nashville, Tennessee is also a great place to see the blossoms, with more than 700 cherry trees planted around the city. Plus, there is a big festival in April.
Looking for more places where you can see blooming spring flowers? Check out:
- Six Places Where You Can See Spring Flowers Bloom
- Spring Flower Festivals You Can Find in Nantucket & Beyond
- The Best Places to See Blooming Spring Flowers in the Netherlands
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