When it comes to cherry blossoms, these dainty flowers conjure up idyllic images of rural Japan more often than they do of the sprawling skyline in Washington D.C. Bus tours here, however offer tourists the chance to see these world-famous flowers without having to leave the country.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
Prepare for the greatest springtime celebration in the East Coast; the National Cherry Blossom Festival heralds the start of a new season by bathing Washington in a vivid sea of pink. Symbolizing the enduring friendship between Japan and the United States, these cherry blossoms date back all the way to 1912, during a time when the first young trees were given by the former as a gesture of goodwill. Since then, the National Park Service has nurtured these cherry blossoms, which number at least 3,750 trees of 16 varieties to date. Currently, the cherry blossom trees are scattered across West and East Potomac Park and the Washington Monument grounds.
In the same way the Japanese religiously await the blooming of the cherry blossoms in their country every year, thousands of tourists flock to Washington to witness the full bloom of these beloved floras. Part of the reason behind the popularity of these flowers is because the blooming season only lasts up to two to three weeks at most. One can say then, that this short time period is what adds to the significance and devotion to these flowers’ fleeting beauty, which also serve as a poetic reminder on the virtues of patience.
Things to Do
If this spring you plan to be in Washington D.C., bus tours are one of the most convenient and hassle-free solutions you can avail of to settle the details about your trip. All you’ll have to do is fly in and show up! Aside from the cherry blossoms and the photo opportunities they come with, the festival also has a lineup of signature events you can enjoy. These are Family Day and the Opening Ceremony, the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, all of which should be as exciting as seeing the cherry blossoms. As international relations are at the heart of this event, there will also be cultural and contemporary performances by local, national, and international artists. Other events that have become staples are the Japanese film festival, art tour, demonstration gardens, kite-flying, and more.
Go on E-World Tours’ Washington D.C. bus tours this March to catch the National Cherry Blossom Festival! Inquire today by leaving us a message on-site.