As the weather warms up and we stow our snow boots away, the nation’s capital celebrates the arrival of spring in colorful, cheery fashion. It’s time for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, and your Chaparral is one of the best ways to get there.
The Washington, D.C. tradition kicks off March 20th, and offers travelers the chance to soak in beautiful, blooming views all around. Read on as we share a few key ways to explore the festival, on and off the water!
Cruise the Potomac
Winding past national monuments and storied battle sites, the Potomac River is one of the nation’s most historically rich waterways—but who knew it was just as rich in natural splendor? During the National Cherry Blossom Festival, that splendor really shines as trees that line the waterfront come alive in vibrant pink petals. There’s an undeniable sense of springtime in the air, which—when blended with the easygoing spirit of the water—makes for even better cruising, and there are plenty of picturesque vistas to “ooh” and “ah” at along the way.
The capital is, naturally, a particular point of interest along the river. Here, the Potomac takes you past West Potomac Park, which offers lush cherry blossom views as well as glimpses at famous features, like the Washington Monument. East Potomac Park is just a bit south—here, vivid tree-lined banks offer the perfect picturesque backdrop. Pack a light, delicious springtime picnic to enjoy as you meander along the colorful coast.
Just a bit removed from the hustle and bustle of the capital, you’ll find Old Town Alexandria further south. The colorful façade of the city’s waterfront is a picturesque spot all year-round, but springtime travelers will love venturing on land to discover sweet delights like cherry blossom gelato and other treats. Wherever you roam along the way, the Potomac is the perfect way to access the best of cherry blossom season.
Go paddle boating
For a playful way to get even closer to the water, why not go paddle boating? It’s a popular pastime at the Tidal Basin, a small, serene body of water bordered by famous vistas like the Jefferson Memorial, as well as—of course—plenty of beautiful cherry blossom trees.
For regaining your land legs…
When it’s time to dry off and regain your land legs, there are plenty of things to do! Between cruises on the Potomac you can check out special festival programs such as an elegant Pink Tie Party, an opening ceremony featuring artistic Japanese performances, and much more. For the nature-minded traveler, hop onto two wheels and enjoy “Blossoms by Bike,” a group ride past some of the most scenic cherry blossom vistas the city has to offer.
From leisurely cruises to lunches with a view, there’s no better way to explore D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Festival than with your Chaparral in tow! We hope you enjoy this bright, colorful adventure to the fullest.