Spring is in the air, and we can’t imagine a better way to celebrate than by visiting one of the gorgeous US cities that is hosting a cherry blossom festival.
Cherry blossom festivals are planned to coincide as close as possible with the blooming of the trees. “Peak Bloom Date” is the day on which 70 percent of the blossoms of the cherry trees are open, and because all of the trees bloom at a little bit of a different time, the exuberant displays change day by day.
Peak bloom date varies from year to year (and location to location) depending on weather conditions. The mean date of blooming is April 4.
Of course, Washington, DC is well-known for the picturesque flowers that bloom with a perfect view of the Washington Monument — but there are several other cities in the States that are home to the delicately pink flowered trees. So, where should you travel to?
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration commemorating the 1912 gift of cherry blossom trees from the Japanese Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington. The trees were donated in an effort to enhance the growing friendship of the two nations. Today, large and colorful helium balloons, floats, music and marching bands all come together to celebrate the festival and a parade.
If you’re planning on making a trip to DC to see the flowers blooming, you can search our event page to find a place to stay — whether you’re looking for a hotel or an Airbnb, we’ll showcase those listings right next to one another and showcase the realtime availability.
San Diego’s Balboa Park
On the other side of the country, you’ll find cherry blossoms in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Tucked away in the Japanese Friendship Garden, visitors can find Japanese street food, unique local vendors and can participate in Hanami, the traditional custom of picnicking under the cherry trees.
New Jersey’s Branch Brook Park
At 360 acres, Branch Brook Park is the largest public park in the city of Newark — and it also happens to be the nation’s first county park (it was commissioned in 1895). And with more than 4,000 cherry blossom trees (and more than 14 different varieties), the park offers an ideal spot to soak up the warmer weather and enjoy company with close friends. The Cherry Blossom Festival takes place every April and is an instagram-worthy sight.
Macon is known as the “Cherry Blossom Capital of the World,” so it’s only appropriate that it makes our list of the top cities to visit to see the cherry blossoms. More than 300,000 Yoshino Cherry Trees bloom around the city, and the festival lasts for ten full days. The first 500 Yoshino Cherry Trees were planted just 43 years ago, and so it’s pretty incredible that the trees have grown to become such a common site in the city and have grown to becoming an identifying symbol of Macon. To find a place to stay, visit our event page here.
New York’s Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Last but not least, AllTheRooms is based in NYC so we wanted to include a shout out for our own city! Located in the Prospect Park neighborhood, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens are home an impressive collection of cherry blossom trees, and the Esplanade features two rows of cherry trees with trails and sitting areas on the side.
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