Yes, there are some political happenings this week, but the premier tourist event in Washington, D.C. is still the National Cherry Blossom Festival. During this four week festival thousands of people gather in the capital to enjoy events and gaze at the Japanese blooming blossoms.
One of the things that makes the Blossom Festival so popular is that those pesky trees only bloom for 10-14 days and the ability to predict peak bloom (when 70 percent of the blossoms on the Tidal Basin are open) only happens once the buds start tuning green. Well, now we know:
This year the peak bloom is predicted as March 18 through 23, 2016.
[Update: The original prediction of March 31-April 3 was revised due to yet another warm weather spell in Washington]
The entire festival runs from March 20 through April 17 and the highest congregation of the Japanese Cherry Blossoms is around the Tidal Basin, the body of water to the south of the National Mall. This area containing the Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, and MLK Memorial will be quite busy, but also quite beautiful for much of the four weeks of the festival.
TouringPlans.com will be covering the Cherry Blossom Festival this year. Look for a preview on the blog coming soon and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, or Snapchat (touringplans) over the weekend of April 1-3, 2016 for live coverage.