Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Virginia This Spring

If you've visited Washington DC in early spring, you know about the stunning cherry blossom trees gifted by Japan in 1912. Symbolizing the friendship between the US and Japan, these trees attract visitors worldwide during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, crowding the Capitol.


Luckily, Northern Virginia offers serene sites with these beautiful blooms minus the tourist rush. In this blog, we go over several cherry blossom events and gardens to visit to help you get a closer look at the cherry blossoms when you visit Virginia from New York this spring.


Cherry Blossom Monuments Cruise in Alexandria

Take a Potomac River cruise departing from Old Town Alexandria, offering a scenic hour-long journey. Relax in your waterfront seat and admire the iconic Cherry Blossoms while gaining insights into the monuments, memorials, and bridges along the route.


Water Taxi to National Mall for the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Escape the hustle of Washington DC traffic by parking in Old Town Alexandria and hopping on a water taxi to the National Mall for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Enjoy a 30-minute ride across the Potomac River, offering a hassle-free journey to the Cherry Blossoms.


River Farm

Nestled along the Potomac, River Farm spans 25 acres, once a part of George Washington's estate. Enjoy a delightful grove of cherry trees by the front gates, four acres of spring meadows with colorful flowers, and a children's garden and play area.


Private Cherry Blossom Boat Tours

Indulge in a breathtaking experience by taking a private tour during cherry blossom season. Many companies offer 1.5 to four-hour boat tours with informative narration by the captain as you cruise the Potomac. Customize your itinerary with stops at cherry tree hotspots, historic sites, or even George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. Enhance your journey with options like a picnic lunch with Virginia wines, catered meals, or pre-arranged grilling onboard.


Green Spring Gardens

At Green Spring Gardens, you'll find a few cherry trees among a vibrant collection of spring flowers. Explore the children's garden, browse the indoor gift shop, and visit the library during your visit.


Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Explore 95 acres of enchanting display gardens and diverse native plant collections at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Discover over 100 cherry trees with more than 20 distinctive varieties. Wander along scenic walking trails, meandering past tranquil lakes and manicured landscapes. Fairfax stands out as a top destination in Northern Virginia for cherry blossom viewing, with a range of events and tours.


Other Locations to See Cherry Blossoms in Virginia

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
  • Snow Meadow Lane
  • Town of Buchanan Cherry Blossoms
  • Alexander Bell Drive
  • Downtown Lynchburg
  • Van Gogh Bridge at Lake Anne
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Virginia Beach Cherry Blossom Festival


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