My last season of Cherry Blossoms Washington DC before we move to another state.
Last year I went 3 times because I was determined that I would see these beauties in full bloom. Once I saw full bloom cherry blossom trees, I understood the madness and believe me it is madness but a magical wonderland.
It is my favorite thing in DC and if you were to plan a trip, I would recommend this time. The National Cherry Blossom Festival starts MARCH 20 – APRIL 14, 2019. With an opening ceremony that celebrates Japanese culture and the streets of DC are full of pink.
Now how serious can you take DC when this is the most popular event I have witness since living here. In this short time, 1.5 million people will arrive at the Capitol every year to witness the Cherry Blossom Trees.
THINGS I BRING
- Food Trucks are everywhere for lunch
- Water bottle
- Extra Undershirt incase it gets cold
- Sunglasses – the sun is strong
PLACES TO GO
- Smithsonian National Museum is a great place for a quick look at American history.
- Kennedy Center for the Performance Art is a great show stopper so don’t forget to order your tickets before your trip.
- National Mall will have you touring the great monuments of DC just follow the trail.
- National Capital has officially been dynamic city with plenty of highs and lows the last few years so make sure to take a tour where all the arguments begin!
- Renwick Gallery should not be missed, a true art world in America.
- Holocaust Museum is the saddest place we visited but a reality of war and human suffering.
- White House is a must if your in the area. It’s a small home with lots of security.
PLACES TO STAY
Not only are these wonderful hotels to stay but also Cherry Blossom Festival hotels favorites for my friends and families when they come to visit.
- Holiday Inn Washington DC – Capitol
- Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C – High Rates for the season
- Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall
PLACES TO SHOP
- Georgetown District is a must to shop. Walk to restaurants and boutiques that fill the streets. I could spend all day here window shopping.
- CityCenter DC is not a mall but a center of town with art, shoppes and lets not forget yoga outdoors!
- Nordstrom Rack Downtown DC is my favorite stop while in the downtown area but there is so much more, like good food in the area!
PLACES TO EAT
With DC becoming a top tier foodie destination, making reservations is a must to some of the fancy food places in town when traveling 4 or more.
Curry & Pie in Georgetown
If your like me, I like to explore for food. I feel like a hunter trying to find the perfect bite. Below you will find a few of my favorites since I have been living in town.
- Food Trucks are a must when your in town which you’ll see them all over town.
- Curry Pie is the best Indian food I have had while being in DC.
- Paul’s for a croissant and latte made me feel like I was back in Paris.
- Lady Camellia for afternoon tea and pastries is my pick
Flying into DCA? Car rentals are available at the airport and easy to get to without too much hassle. The Metro subway system is paid by distance or the bus to get round town. There is also the Potomac River with a water taxi services that makes it easy to get around Washington DC.
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