Where to See the Cherry Blossoms - Not at the Tidal Basin!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

The cherry blossoms are predicted to be early this year in 2023. According to the National Park Service they will be at peak bloom from March 22-25.  I guess we all are ready for spring to be here, including the cherry trees themselves. 

The cherry trees at the Tidal Basin are world famous.  When you walk around the Tidal Basin to see the blossoms, you hear so many languages being spoken - but there are also SO many people walking around, snapping selfies, trying to capture a National Geographic worthy photo of the trees framing the Tidal Basin and the Jefferson Memorial.  All those crowds really do take some of the pleasure out of the trip to the Tidal Basin.   (No wonder  a few years ago those beavers were trying to take the cherry trees down by chewing away their trunks!)

So....  if you really want to see cherry blossoms, where else can you go? Turns out there are lots of other options.  Here are a few of my favorites! 


1. Take a bike ride around Hains Point in East Potomac Parks it comes alive with white and pink petals lining the entire drive.  (Ohio Drive) Since this is so close to the Tidal Basin, it will be crowded, but probably not as crowded as the Tidal Basin along Independence Avenue. 

2. Did you know that a grove of trees near the Lincoln Memorial Beach Volleyball Courts are cherry trees? You are close to the monuments here but away from most of the crowds!  (Rock Creek and Potomac Pkwy NW)

3. Stanton Park on Capital Hill is a popular neighborhood year round, but you may want to check out the blossoming trees surrounding the central statue of Gneral Nathanael Green at 4th St NE. 

4. The LeDroit Park iron arch at 16th and Florida Avenue NW is a beautiful location all year round, but it is particularly attractive in the spring when the cherry blossoms surrounding it burst into bloom. 

5. If you are feeling spiritual, you should check out the cherry blossoms at the Bishop's Garden at the National Cathedral.  I love the Bishop's Garden anyway and when the cherry trees bloom so close to the Cathedral, it is a stunning view.  (3101 Wisconsin Avenue) If your tastes are more Catholic than Episcopalian - or you are in the eastern part of the city, you might visit the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. There are several trees there in the grass around the dome.  (Michigan Avenue)

6. Dumbarton Oaks' gardens just above Georgetown are dotted with cherry blossoms.  Garden admission is $7 but you can visit the museum afterwards or the nearby Book Hill park for more blossoms.  (R St NW) or the nearby Book Hill Park for more cherry trees.


1. The most famous location in Maryland is Bethesda's Kenwood neighborhood.  The streets are lined with cherry blossoms and people taking pictures.  If it is possible to find someplace else to park and then walk into the neighborhood, it makes a lovely afternoon. 

2. Glenstone Museum in Potomac has several flowering trees, including cherry blossoms, magnolias, and yellow sassafrass. Book a timed pass for the museum after exploring the gardens and grounds. (Glen Road)

3.  The Brookside Gardens in Wheaton have at least nin themed gardens across 50 acres.  Two of the ponds are surrounded by cherry trees in addition to the other flowers and plants there.  Happily, admission is free there.  (Glenellen Avenue) 


1. Old Town Alexandria has cherry trees scattered throughout the city but if you want to centralize your search you should visit Founders Park along the Potomac River and the 100 block of Wolfe Street.  Then of course, you get to find a great little restaurant for lunch along King Street.  (Union Street)  

2.  Stunning views of the Potomac River and cherry blossom trees combine with history at the entrance and gardens of River Farm. The American Horticultural Society’s headquarters is located at River Farm near Mount Vernon, which once was part of George Washington’s original farmland. (E Boulevard Drive)

The last suggestion is of course to buy a home in the DC metro area and plant your own cherry trees!  I have one in my front yard that Montgomery County planted for me for free.  It is nearly finished blooming now, but it has been a source of joy for the last few weeks, reminding me that spring is coming.   if this sounds like a plan, give us a call at the Lise Howe Group at 240-401-5577 or email us at lise@lisehowe.com.  We would love to help you find a home in the area that will let you have your own cherry tree! 

Comments (15)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Lise- we were very lucky in that the previous owner of our home planted 3 cherry trees in our back yard and they bloomed every season. I'll never forget our trips to the Tidal Basin during the Cherry Blossom Festival. 

Mar 08, 2023 05:20 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Kathy Streib - as always - I wish you would come back for a visit! 

Mar 08, 2023 06:36 PM
Kathy Streib

Some day!!!

Mar 09, 2023 04:55 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lise you have the Cherry Blossoms people come see from all over the world, we have the Poppies in Lancaster, CA which has the same attraction from the Globe, Endre

Mar 08, 2023 07:05 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lise. Must say, it would be treat to view the blossoms in person. Maybe some day. Enjoy the view!

Mar 09, 2023 04:43 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Lise... where ever one is lucky enough to see cherry blossoms in bloom, it's a wonderful sight.

Mar 09, 2023 04:58 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful that it's Cherry Blossom time! Happy almost Spring!

Mar 09, 2023 05:44 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am sure that everyone in your area will appreciate this post and being able to see as many locations with beautiful cherry blossoms as they can!

Mar 09, 2023 05:59 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lise, I used to LOVE this time of year, the smell was so wonderful.    It has been WAY too long now.

Mar 09, 2023 06:14 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Good recommendations Lise. I never tire of seeing these, and look forward for ours to blossom!

Mar 09, 2023 06:28 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lise - your post brought back some nice memories, not just of cherry blossoms, but also some memorable visits during other times of the year in the Washington DC area too.

Mar 09, 2023 07:26 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lise Howe. I used to plant my trips to D. C. area to hit in time to see the cherry blossoms.  They were so beautiful.  Wish I could still do that now.


Mar 09, 2023 08:23 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

My younger brother and I were there one year to experience the cherry blossom's blooming. What a wonderful sight, Lise!

Mar 09, 2023 02:50 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lise Howe - Cherry Blossoms is the most beautiful time of the year!

I was fortunate to be in D.C. with my children during Cherry Blossom Season once and it really made a difference in people's attitudes all around D.C. The Cherry Blossoms made everyone cheerful!

Love that photo you posted! Cherry Bloosoms, blue sky, smiles all around - what a good feeling! I'll bet you can't wait!!! How exciting. 

Mar 11, 2023 02:25 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

The beauty of those trees is breathtaking. I am sure you all adore this time of year.

Mar 11, 2023 02:01 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I love the cherry blossoms....they are so splendid with all their blossoms. This has to be the happiest time of the year for you..they are breathtaking! 

Mar 11, 2023 04:12 PM