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Cherry Blossoms Off the Beaten Path Around Washington, DC

5 Great Spots to See Japanese Cherry Trees in 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. Did you know there are some quieter places in the Washington, DC area to see cherry blossoms? Here is a guide to some favorite spots around the region.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Anacostia Park

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.

4. Stanton Park, Capitol Hill

5th and C Sts. NE Washington, DC. With four acres rimmed by cherry trees, this is one of the larger Capitol Hill Parks. 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.

5. Foxhall Village

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.

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