The National Park Service reported that the Washington Tidal Basin cherry blossoms reached their peak this year on March 31. This is when at least 70 per cent of the blossoms are open. But for those of you who haven’t visited yet, do not be discouraged–the flowers will continue to show off their radiant beauty in the coming week.
It was an amazing day yesterday in Washington, the sun was shining, the sky was blue and the temperature was in the 70’s- a far cry from our blizzard of 2010 days. Without a doubt, it was the perfect day to take a field trip down to the Tidal Basin– afterall, I had to do research for this post.
It was a mass exodus of people heading to the blooming cherry trees. Everywhere you looked there were people on foot or in tour buses, taxis and cars; all flocking to the trees. Yes, we were all on a mission- to sit, stare, and reflect upon the pink and white petals of the cherry trees. It is truly a magical experience to sit under a cherry tree in full bloom and look up at these delicate and beautiful blossoms.
If you can’t make it to Washington to see the cherry blossoms, the good news is there are cherry blossom festivals held all around the United States and Japan. If you would like to learn more about the local blossoms or the festivals held elsewhere, check out our guide to Cherry Blossoms Internet Resources.