Washington DC

10 Non-Tidal Basin Places to See DC’s Cherry Blossoms

If you don’t want to fight the crowds that descend on the Tidal Basin in Washington DC each year to see the peak cherry blossoms during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, consider nearby venues.

Disclaimer

I am a cherry blossom addict. Starting in early March, I usually begin walking the Tidal Basin paths where Japanese cherry trees are planted in Washington DC. I snuggled deep into my ski jacket and walked blissfully alone at 6 am. But this year I had my Golden Retriever puppy (Parker) to consider. A 7-mile walk from my Washington DC is a lot so I had to stop taking my daily strolls. Instead, I found peak cherry blossoms closer to our home. (Eight on located on the National Mall!)

U.S. Supreme Court

Location: 1 First Street NE

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Capitol Grounds

Location: First Street NE

U.S. Capitol

Library of Congress

Location: 10 First Street SE

National Gallery of Art (East Wing)

Location: 4th Street NW

National Gallery of Art (East Wing)

U.S. Botanic Garden

Location: 100 Maryland Street SW

U.S. Botanic Garden

Bartholdi Park

Location: 245 First Street SW

Bartholdi Fountain (U.S. Botanic Garden)

Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden

Location: Corner of 7th Street SW & Independence Avenue

Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden

Enid Haupt Garden

Location: 1037 Independence Avenue SW

Enid Haupt Garden (Smithsonian)

National Building Museum

Location: 401 F Street NW

National Building Museum

LeDroit Park

Location: DC Neighborhood (6th Street NW & Florida Avenue NW entrance)

LeDroit Park

Parker’s Favorite

Parker’s favorite place to see the cherry blossoms is the U.S. Capitol grounds. In the morning, there are no crowds, just a few runners. Sometimes he even meets another dog and they get to sniff noses. Check out his DC Dog Guide to Cherry Blossoms.

If you enjoy this article, you can subscribe to my weekly email:

You Might Also Like