This year’s best dates to see DC’s cherry blossoms

The annual spectacle of dainty, light pink flowers attracts travelers from all over the world. But timing your visit to line up perfectly with the bloom is always tricky, as it can vary from year to year because of the weather.

Now, however, we have some answers: The National Park Service says the trees will reach peak bloom from March 22 to March 25. If you’re hoping to see these beautiful blossoms for yourself, these are the dates to plan your trip around.

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Each tree typically blooms for several days, though calm, cool weather can extend this period. (Unfortunately, windy and rainy conditions can also put an abrupt end to the blossoms, so fingers crossed for mild conditions.)

These beloved trees date back to 1912, when the people of Japan gave them as a gift of friendship to the United States.

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The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, which this year will take place from March 20 to April 16, commemorates the anniversary of this gift.


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