Washington D.C.
National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.
Help usher in spring as you discover iconic monuments, National Arboretum and the unparalleled beauty of Washington D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Festival.
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Program No. 18683RJ
4 days
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At a Glance

The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 planting of 3,000 flowering cherry trees and honors 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 take part in explorations of the city and US National Arboretum. Expert instructors discuss Japanese history and culture, while showcasing our own nation’s historical treasures in spring glory.
Activity Level
Walking up to 1-2 miles per day, expect periods of standing at museums and other sites.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover our nation’s most iconic monuments & memorials.
  • Learn about the history of the Cherry Blossom trees with a local expert.
  • Visit the U.S. National Arboretum and explore the grounds with an expert to learn about the nearly forty different types of cherry blossom trees.
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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.
Ann McClellan
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