Cherry Blossom Season in Alexandria
Learn more about the region’s cherry blossom trees, citywide events and offerings and the National Cherry Blossom Festival
Nothing is more symbolic of springtime in the D.C. region than cherry blossoms. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the fluffy pink and white wonders in Alexandria, VA. Take a spring Instagram walk outdoors, discover local restaurants or get active on a guided bike ride or boat tour from Old Town Alexandria to explore endless flowering trees. Plus, anticipate The National Cherry Blossom Festival from March 18 to April 16, 2023, with multiple events that honor both American and Japanese cultures. The National Park Service predicts the cherry blossoms will reach peak bloom from March 22 to 25, 2023. Follow the live progress of the cherry blossom trees around the National Mall Tidal Basin on the annual BloomCam. See below for frequently asked questions, more cherry blossom-themed events and happenings and check out special hotel packages to plan your stay.
Cherry Blossom Events & Happenings
Frequently Asked Questions About Cherry Blossom Season in Alexandria, VA
When will the cherry blossoms be in bloom?
The National Park Service predicts that the peak bloom dates for 2023 will be March 22 to 25. The peak bloom date occurs when 70% of the white Yoshino cherry blossoms are open.
Mother Nature can be unpredictable and weather patterns can impact the exact timing of the blooms. While we will do our best to plan events and happenings around peak bloom, be assured there are plenty of activities throughout Alexandria and D.C. that will make your spring trip compelling.
Follow the live progress of the cherry blossom trees around the National Mall Tidal Basin on the annual BloomCam.
Where can I see cherry blossoms in Alexandria VA?
From delicate white Yoshinos to fluffy pink Kwanzans, cherry blossom trees abound in Alexandria, making for photogenic fixtures alongside historic red brick sidewalks and colorful rowhomes. Get active on a guided bike ride or boat tour from Old Town Alexandria to Washington, D.C. to explore endless flowering trees. While you will see a majority of DC blossoms on your bike or boat tour, you can still find less-crowded viewing locations in Alexandria boasting pretty blooms, including Founder’s Park, River Farm, picturesque streets like the 100 block of Wolfe Street and more. Check out stunning spring Instagram spots in Alexandria here.
Are there cherry blossoms in Virginia?
Yes, there are cherry blossoms and spring flowers throughout Northern Virginia. In addition to the aforementioned experiences and viewing locations in Alexandria, you can also check out the below spots in Northern Virginia:
- Founder’s Park or River Farm in Alexandria, VA
- Burnside Farms in Prince William County, VA
- Oatlands Historic House and Gardens in Leesburg, VA
- Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and Green Spring Gardens in Fairfax, VA
Can I see cherry blossoms in D.C.?
Yes, you can take a guided bike ride with Unlimited Biking or Pedego Electric Bikes from Old Town Alexandria to Washington, D.C. to explore the flowering trees. Or, get out on the water with the Cherry Blossom Water Taxi Tour to the Wharf, steps from the Tidal Basin, and the Washington Monuments Cruise, with views of the Hains Point blossoms en route to Georgetown. Learn about the Best Places to Photograph Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C. and the National Cherry Blossom Festival from March 20 to April 16, 2023.
Can you eat cherries from a cherry blossom tree?
No, there are no cherries on cherry blossom trees, but you might find seasonal cherries at some of Alexandria’s farmers markets throughout the spring months.