Private Red, White & Pink: Cherry Blossoms in the Nation’s Capital
Celebrate the arrival of Spring in the nation’s capital with a walk amongst the district’s very own cherry blossoms.
- Duration: 2 hours
- Starting time: 5:00pm
- Meeting point: Washington Monument Lodge in front of the gift shop entrance on 15th Street NW.
- Ending point: Washington Monument Lodge in front of the gift shop entrance on 15th Street NW.
Celebrate the arrival of Spring in the nation’s capital with a walk amongst the district’s very own cherry blossoms. Take a journey around the Tidal Basin, with a local guide by your side, and explore the MLK, FDR, and Thomas Jefferson memorials. Discover the beauty of the cherry blossoms and the wonder of the Japanese culture thriving in the heart of Washington DC!
- Discover the Japanese tradition of Hanami
- Learn about the significance of the cherry blossom here and abroad
- Explore the history of the memorials adorned by the blossoms
- Get the inside scoop on the best photo ops and capture unforgettable moments
- Be a part of a cultural phenomenon that has captivated visitors for over 9 decades
You’ll begin your tour with a walk down Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, past the Holocaust Museum and the Bureau of Printing and Engraving. As we approach the Tidal Basin, you’ll begin to see the famed Japanese cherry trees (named Sakura in Japanese) that have made the Tidal Basin such a popular destination during the spring.
As we begin our stroll along the basin, you’ll hear interesting facts about the cherry blossom, which is considered the national flower of Japan. The arrival of the cherry blossoms was not the smoothest process, which we’ll share the story behind the process with you before taking you to the location where the very first cherry blossoms were planted.
From there, we’ll continue on to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the newest monument to join the Tidal Basin and is complemented nicely by the blooming cherry blossoms. In addition to the MLK memorial, you’ll get the opportunity to explore the Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorial and the Thomas Jefferson memorial while taking in the beauty of the basin.
Before your tour ends, you’ll participate in an age old Japanese tradition known as Hanami. Across Japan, people picnic under cherry blossom trees to enjoy the bloom and now you will be able to do the same with a little snack!
If you have any questions related to Washington DC, your tour guide is more than happy to make recommendations for the remainder of your stay in the city, whether you are in town for another day or a week.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide and a cherry blossomed theme treat. Food item is subject to change, depending on availability.
Exclusions: Transportation to/from tour, additional food and drink, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress Standard: Please dress comfortably and weather appropriately, as this tour will take place outside, rain or shine.
Your Trip: You will be in a group with a maximum number of 12 guests
Confirmation of Booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
Dietary Notes: We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests. You can do in the ‘additional information’ box at checkout or by emailing us at [email protected]