It’s spring in Washington D.C., which means blooming flowers, budding trees, and warmer weather. It’s time to put your snow boots away and get outside and explore the parks and gardens of Washington D.C. While cherry blossoms are certainly the thing to see in Washington D.C. this time of year, there are many other places to see colorful flowers and trees throughout the city. Read our top 5 places here:
While you don’t have to look hard to find cherry blossoms blooming all over Washington D.C., there is one quintessential spot that must be added to your travel itinerary. Each spring, vibrant cherry blossoms line Washington D.C.’s Tidal Basin. Tidal Basin is located right next to the National Mall, where you can find the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the White House.
Even though peak bloom period is short, only lasting a few days, it is still a spectacular show to see up until the last petal falls. Because this is the best viewing spot be prepared to wait in line and it would be advisable to take public transportation. Admission is free.
Featuring over 26,000 different varieties of flowers and plants, the United States Botanical Gardens is open every day of the year to visitors who wish to see flowers such as roses and orchids, plus rare and endangered plants. Visit special sections such as the butterfly garden, rose garden, and the regional garden that features Mid-Atlantic plants and flowers native to the area. And if you want beautiful views of the U.S. Capital, head out to the amphitheater. Admission is free.
Springtime is the best time to view this 446-acre park, with daffodils, wildflowers, and magnolias blooming in March and April. The park is also home to over 40 different plant and garden collections including dogwoods, azaleas, and ferns, plus a variety of perennials and annuals. Hop on the open-air tram to tour the grounds or take an afternoon stroll on your own. Admission is free.
Venture out just beyond the city to Wheaton to rest your eyes upon Brookside Gardens, a 50-acre property that offers several distinct garden areas. Walk through the azalea, rose, and rain garden or set your pace on the Heart Smart trail to get a little exercise. Even get a whiff at their fragrance garden with the different scented flowers. Admission is free.
As another great place to witness cherry blossoms, the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens offers multiple walking trails to see lakes, wildflowers, butterflies, and different types of flowers such as irises and peonies. Give your feet a rest and relax in one of their gazeboes or enjoy a packed lunch at one of their picnic tables. Admission cost is minimal.
Book your spring vacation to Washington D.C. at one of our different accommodations throughout the city and take in the sites of spring in the area.