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Come See a Festival Like No Other

D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival

Every spring, Washington, D.C. is covered in pink blossoms as thousands of cherry trees bloom throughout the city. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual event that celebrates not only these beautiful trees, but also what they symbolize—friendship, peace, and harmony.

Cherry Blossoms History

In the early years of the 20th century, Eliza Scidmore, an accomplished American traveler and scholar, traveled to Japan and found delight in that country’s native cherry trees. She suggested to First Lady Taft that a donation from Scidmore of some of these trees would be a lovely addition to Washington, D.C. By 1912, the government of Japan made a donation on its own of over 3,000 cherry blossom trees. Mrs. Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of Japan’s ambassador to the United States, planted the first two trees in a ceremony in West Potomac Park on the banks of the Tidal Basin in March of that year.

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Each year, when the trees start to flower with startling beauty, Washington, D.C. celebrates its stunning signature cherry blossom trees. A gift from Japan, the trees are symbols of the friendship between Japan’s capital city of Tokyo and the U.S.’s capital city of Washington, D.C., as well as the overarching relationship between the two countries. Over a period of several days, a variety of activities commemorate the gesture of friendship. These events include interactive exhibits, family fun activities, the Blossom Kite Festival, the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, live musical and dance performances, a lavish parade with colorful floats, balloons, marching bands and, of course, fireworks!

D.C. Metro Transportation

There are several options for getting to and from the National Cherry Blossom Festival events in Washington, D.C. Since parking will be at a premium, consider walking, riding your bicycle or taking public transportation. The D.C. Metro provides access to almost all of the Cherry Blossom Festival destinations. The American Inn is conveniently located just 4 short blocks from the Bethesda metro station, which is a direct ride to downtown Washington, D.C. on the Red Line. Both the Metrobus and the Metrorail will be serving Festivalgoers. The Metro stations with the best access to the cherry blossoms are Smithsonian Station (blue and orange lines) and L’Enfant Plaza (blue, yellow, and green lines).

Cherry Blossom Festival Hotel

At the American Inn of Bethesda, you’ll find comfortable accommodations and top-quality service, all at a delightfully convenient location. You’ll be just one quick trip on the D.C. Metro Red Line away from downtown Washington D.C. and all of the sights and sounds of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.