cherry blossom

Are you looking for something to do this weekend?  Look no further!  Washington, DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, which marks the anniversary of Japan’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the US in 1912, runs from March 20 through April 17, 2016.  It is one of DC’s biggest tourism events.

While peak bloom of the trees does not always match up with the festival’s dates, the National Park Service is predicting the best times this year to see the blossoms will be on March 23 and March 24.

Peak bloom is when 70 percent of the trees around the Tidal Basin are  blossoming.  Once in bloom, the flowers can last four to 10 days, depending on weather conditions. The Tidal Basin along the Potomac River is the most popular viewing spot for the blossoms.  The beautiful pink trees can also be seen in the Chevy Chase, Maryland neighborhood of Kenwood, which has approximately 1,200 trees.

Overall, the cherry blossom season is one of the most anticipated times of the year in the Washington, DC area.  People travel from all over the world to admire the pink-hued flowers via DC’s bike share programs, boats and water taxis, car share programs, and the Metro.  To learn more about the best times to visit the festival and other frequently asked questions, visit WTOP at http://ow.ly/ZFCZW.

If you are interested in going to DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival as a group this Friday, March 25, 2016, students can visit the Student Center or contact Allison Forbes at aforbes@viu.edu for more details.

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