18683
Washington D.C.
National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.
Greet the spring as you discover iconic monuments, the National Arboretum and the unparalleled beauty of Washington D.C.’s cherry blossom trees.
Rating (4.8)
Program No. 18683RJ
Length
4 days
Starts at
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Getting There
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At a Glance

Each year, the 3,000 flowering cherry trees planted in Washington D.C. in 1912 herald springtime and honor the friendship between the United States and Japan. Known as “sakura” in Japan, the cherry blossom is cherished for its unrivaled beauty and fragrance despite its short life. Greet the spring as you explore the city and the U.S. National Arboretum. Expert instructors will illuminate Japanese history and culture, while showcasing our own nation’s historical treasures in spring glory.
Activity Level
Moderate
Walking up to 1-2 miles per day, expect periods of standing at museums and other sites.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience a lively presentation of an and age-old piece of Japanese culture, 'taiko' drumming and learn about its place in Japanese tradition and society today.
  • Learn about the history of the cherry blossom trees and other plant life from Japanese tradition, like bonsai.
  • Explore the U.S. National Arboretum, learn more about the art of horticulture and see garden collections from around the world including Japanese bonsai.

General Notes

This program is limited to a maximum of 80 participants, but the group may be divided into smaller groups for some activities.
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Ann McClellan
Ann McClellan is author of “The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration,” and “Cherry Blossoms, The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.” She has held executive positions at the Smithsonian Institution, World Wildlife Fund, the American Lung Association, the American Association of Museums, and the George Washington University Law School. Ann has viewed cherry blossoms in Japan, giving her even more of an appreciation for Washington’s sublime blooming season.
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