How Long Do the Cherry Blossoms Last?

Beaver cherry blossom festivalTwo of the most common questions asked in DC at this time of year are,

“When is the peak bloom of the cherry blossoms?”

“How long do the cherry blossoms last?”

Though simple questions, they’re not so easy to answer.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival will officially be held from March 20 – April 13. However, that does not mean that the blossoms will be in bloom throughout the entirety of those dates. In fact, the cherry blossoms are only in bloom for a maximum of 2 weeks, and the peak bloom period lasts just a couple of days.

This year the cherry blossoms are predicted to be in peak bloom from April 8 – 12. However, keep in mind that the peak bloom date depends heavily on the local weather. This year Washington, DC has experienced an unusually long and intense winter, which explains the later dates. If the cold weather persists, the expected peak dates could be pushed back.

Worried about missing the blossoms? Take a trip to Arlington National Cemetery. The hallowed grounds are not only humbling and historic, but also incredibly beautiful. The land is covered in many different types of trees and flowers, including cherry blossoms that are of a different variety and that last longer than the trees planted around the Tidal Basin.

DC By Foot offers free walking tours of both Arlington National Cemetery and the Tidal Basin.

Finally, please keep in mind that, even if your trip does not coincide with the cherry blossoms’ bloom, there are still many other ways to enjoy the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Read our blogs on the Cherry Blossom Festival for more details: