dc cherry blossom festival

The DC cherry blossom festival is here and the beauty of everything makes me realize how lucky we are to be back home. Washington, DC is the place I moved to straight out of college, the place I started my career, and where I met my husband so it holds a special place in my heart. I’ve always had a soft spot for the monuments and the stunning Capitol Building, and when they’re surrounded by colorful blooms? Even better.

My friend Jodi visited over the weekend which was great timing because her company helped take my mind off of the surgery I had on Friday, and she scheduled her trip perfectly around peak bloom for the blossoms. I figured I’d be out of commission because of pain, but when cherry blossoms are involved, you get out of bed, dammit! It was a great excuse to get moving again.

We took a stroll around the Tidal Basin and really enjoyed everything the National Cherry Blossom Festival had to offer. Plus the weather couldn’t have been better. We didn’t watch the parade because we were too mesmerized by the blooms against the Jefferson Memorial and it was such a wonderful and relaxing time.

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The surrounding DC bars and restaurants offered different cherry blossom specials that included fruity cocktails and cherry desserts, and street vendors sold festival shirts, postcards, posters, and keychains. Jodi bought the official festival artwork by Evelia Sowash from Kettering, Ohio and I’m a little jealous I didn’t do the same.

I love this time of the year!

Have you ever been to the DC cherry blossom festival?


Filed Under: Travel, Washington DC31 Comments
  • http://www.livinginanotherlanguage.com/ Amanda

    Love. Love.Love. Love

    Love.Love. Love!!!! Cherry Blossoms are my absolute favorite flower! Now I feel like I have to share my cherry blossom festival photos! :) Maybe next week. They’re not nearly as gorgeous as yours! The setting in DC is BEAUTIFUL!

  • http://www.truecoloursblog.com Casey

    So gorgeous!!! I was there one year during this time of year and it was so beautiful!!!

  • http://www.stephyleephotography.com Stephanie

    Gorgeous. I love all the photos of the flowers. :)

  • thediynurse

    Gorgeous! Was a bit sad I missed it in DC but we have lots of apple blossoms in winchester so I pretended ;)

  • http://carlyblogshere.blogspot.com/ carly

    This is one of my favorite times of the year as well! I’m so thankful the weather turned out to be amazing for the blooms! Your photos are amazing!

  • http://www.the20-somethingproject.blogspot.com Elena Drake-Knight

    So beautiful!!! I’ve only been to DC in the fall but I really want to plan a spring trip now!

  • http://www.andsoidid.com/ Madi | And So I Did

    Absolutely stunning! I’ve never been to DC but it’s on my list of places to see! :) I love spring blooms… there’s nothing better than nature strutting her stuff and showing off!

  • Rachel

    Stunning!!! I have always wanted to visit DC to see the blossoms!

  • http://awayfromtenerife.blogspot.com/ Irene @ Away from Tenerife

    Your photos are so gorgeous! I love the second one, so overexposed and yet so beautiful! I wish we had some cherry blossoms around here, it looks like a very pretty festival :)

  • http://www.quaintrelleblog.com/ Setarra

    I’m sooo bummed I missed the blossoms last weekend! Now it’s all rainy and the petals have all probably fallen. Guess there’s always next year lol. I grew up in D.C. and used to go see the parade every year with my family. I’m so glad you were able to make it out and capture them via photos to share here! Makes me feel like I was ‘almost’ there :)

  • Christine Rosko

    They look so pretty. It’s still cold and snowy in Chicago, so much different.

  • http://www.sixteenthfloor.blogspot.com/ Leah S.

    Beautiful photos! Looks like a lovely place to visit this time of year.

  • http://letuswanderlust.blogspot.com/ Carly @ Let Us Wanderlust

    Your photographs are gorgeous Rachel! My fianc√© and I absolutely adored DC! We would have loved to have spent longer there actually. We visited at the very beginning of February and couldn’t get over how incredible and completely photogenic all those monuments are. We had beautiful sunny days and despite being early Feb it wasn’t too cold so we spent our days walking and exploring. Would have loved to see those beautiful blossoms though. I’ll never tire at admiring blossoms :)

  • http://helloimcaroline.com Caroline Lindkvist

    Gorgeous photographs! I really hope to visit DC sometime and spring looks like the perfect time!

  • Katelyn Brown

    Beautiful photos! We’re still waiting for the snow to stop falling over here in Michigan :/

    Katelyn//Relatively Offbeat

  • http://likealittlefox.blogspot.com/ gabrielle

    how gorgeous are these photos? makes me want to jump in the car right now and drive down to dc! hope you are healing well. getting outside (especially in beautiful weather) can work wonders for your mood/health/everything!


  • http://www.thesouthernthing.com/ Dara @ The Southern Thing

    Gorgeous! I would love to see this one day.

  • BlushandBarbells

    Beautiful photos! I loved the Cherry Blossom Festival when I lived in DC.
    I hope you’re feeling better after your surgery.

  • http://lovewishfully.com/ Grey | lovewishfully.com

    These photos are gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to see the cherry blossoms in DC!

  • Kelly Rodriguez

    Love, love, love. We were in DC for the festival a few years ago. http://www.alovelylifeindeed.com/2014/03/cherry-blossoms-washington-dc-in-bloom.html
    I would love to go again. It’s spectacular.



  • http://classysassymrs.com/ Krista

    I’m pretty sure I’m drooling over all of these. Reading all of your posts on how to actually be able to use my DSLR like you!

  • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

    These photos are beautiful. I love those shoes!

  • http://brunchataudreys.tumblr.com/ Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Amazing photography, the scenery is breathtaking! http://brunchataudreys.tumblr.com

  • http://www.treatsandtravels.com/ Kristen @ Treats and Travels

    DC is so pretty! We’re planning to spend a weekend in DC this summer :)

  • http://www.iris-hanlin.com/ Country Girl’s Daybook

    Love love love love love the cherry blossoms. :) We have a whole bunch lining the roads downtown. So stunning when they’re in full bloom.

  • http://www.nadyassideoftheroad.com/ Nadya’s Side Of The Road

    What a beautiful spring! I love cherry blossoms! : )

  • http://www.scatteredseashells.com/ Chantal

    So pretty!! I love the cherry blossoms here!

  • http://thesouthernadventurer.blogspot.com/ The Southern Adventurer

    I was there that weekend but sadly missed the Cherry Blossom Festival. We only strolled around the Capitol for the day. The traffic was terrible when I tried to head to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial so we missed out on the beautiful cherry blossoms there. Your pictures are amazing!!

    -The Southern Adventurer


  • http://breakthesky.net/ Manda

    Ah, cherry blossom season! A coworker and I went after work last week to go check them out as we work relatively close to the National Mall. Close enough for us to take advantage of a GORGEOUS day to see the blossoms on a week day when tourist activity is at a minimum, at any rate :P I haven’t swung by the cherry blossoms since our cold snap this week but I hear they’re mostly all gone now…

  • http://www.freeborboleta.com/ Fran

    love cherry blossoms! One day I’ll visit DC during the cherry blossom festival!

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