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The cherry blossoms in Washington DC

There is nothing like cherry blossom season in Washington DC during springtime! The average peak bloom dates to see the cherry blossoms in DC is during the first week of April. You can also see the blossoms in late March and mid April.

As a way to kick off the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere, I made my way down to the capital of the United States in early April 2018 to admire the cherry blossoms in person for the first time while exploring some historical monuments, museums and quaint neighborhoods.

A family in front of the White House in Washington DC during cherry blossom season

When I visited Washington DC in April 2018, my cousin was attending college there, so my family and I went to visit her and also see the beautiful cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin.

Besides Washington DC, there are plenty of destinations where you could spot cherry blossoms around the world. Some of the most popular places to see cherry blossoms are Japan, Paris, South Korea, Denmark and India to name a few.

Three women enjoying cherry blossom season in Washington DC

In this blog post, discover the best things to experience in and around Washington DC during cherry blossom season in the spring.

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Everything to See During Cherry Blossom Season in Washington D.C.

Traveling to Washington DC During Cherry Blossom Season:

The National Mall in Washington DC

Visiting Washington DC to celebrate cherry blossom season required a five-hour drive from my home in Northern New Jersey to the heart of the city. (Washington DC makes for a great mini road trip and weekend getaway from the New York City area.)

If you are coming from a further distance, you could either fly into Dulles International Airport or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. You could find great flight deals on Skyscanner.

The most convenient way to get around Washington DC is by taking the Metrorail and Metrobus. There are also city taxis as well as Uber and Lyft rides in the capital. If you are doing a USA road trip or are looking to explore beyond the city of DC, I highly recommend renting a car!

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Hotels in Washington DC Near the Cherry Blossoms:

The Georgetown area in Washington DC

No matter where you choose to stay in Washington DC, there are a plethora of hotels for different budgets. We stayed at the Washington Marriott in Georgetown. I loved how clean, beautiful, lively and centrally located it was in relation to all of the big sites in DC as well as the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms. In addition to hotels, there is also a large range of Airbnb and Vrbo options in the capital city.

Other hotels near the DC cherry blossoms are listed below:

What to do during Cherry Blossom Season in DC:

Explore Georgetown:

Georgetown in DC

Whenever I would adventure to DC during my college years, it was usually because of a career organization (PRSSA) that I was part of during my junior and senior year. I would come to Washington DC to visit corporations and agencies and then meet up with alumni at Elephant & Castle bar afterwards (which is a fun Irish pub).

Even though these opportunities were amazing, I never had the advantage to fully tour the capital city and do the typical “touristy” stuff. So, when I visited Washington DC during cherry blossom season in April 2018, I got to finally see all that was on my District bucket list!

Prior to heading to DC, I was told that I HAD to visit the Georgetown area; so that was the first place my family and I visited. Georgetown is a charming area that offers high-end restaurants, cute cafés, great shopping and adorable Federal-style architecture. Even though this area tends to get a bit crowded with tourists, I still loved walking through the neighborhood.

After a 5-hour drive on our first day, we were all starving, so we stopped at a great saloon called J’Paul’s. Since the DC/Baltimore area is known for crabs and Old Bay, I obviously enjoyed a crab cake sandwich with Old Bay fries. It was delicious! This great American restaurant has a nice weekend brunch and is a fun bar at night.

A woman eating at Georgetown Cupcake in Washington DC during cherry blossom season

When we were finished eating our lunch, we obviously had to grab dessert at the famous Georgetown Cupcake! Before we made our way over to get these delicious cupcakes, I met up with my college friends Meaghan and Dorothy. It was so great to see them!

Georgetown Cupcake is a staple in Washington DC, so it was extremely important that I try one! This adorable cupcake shop is co-owned by sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne. These two power sisters were the stars of Cupcake Cam LIVE and DC Cupcakes on TLC and they are the best-selling authors of The Cupcake Diaries and Sweet Celebrations.

Inspired by their grandmother, both Katherine and Sophie traded in their then careers to follow their passion for baking. In 2008, Georgetown Cupcake opened! This thriving cupcake store and coffee shop expanded to Bethesda, MD, New York, NY, Boston, MA, Los Angeles, CA and Atlanta, GA.

Georgetown Cupcakes in Washington DC

When we first got to Georgetown Cupcake, the line was wrapped around the building, but it luckily went quick! We all got a cupcake and they all had salted caramel in it (um, flavor of the season!?). They were so good! In fact, the cupcake I had was probably one of the best cupcakes I’ve enjoyed in my life.

After savoring our cupcakes, we walked around the charming neighborhood and admired all of the stunning Georgetown homes.

Enjoy the Historical Sites around the National Mall:

A family at the National Mall in Washington DC during cherry blossom season

After our lovely time exploring Georgetown, we made our way over to the heart of DC, where all of the historical and national monuments are located as well as the famous cherry blossoms!

A woman enjoying the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms in Washington DC during the spring season

The first place we visited was the National Mall, where we got to see good ole Abe himself at the Lincoln Memorial. After that, we walked around to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the World War II Museum, National Monument and the United States Capitol. I have to admit, that it was fun playing tourist in my country’s own capital and seeing all of these great historical sites in person!

Admire the Beautiful Tidal Basin Cherry Blossoms:

Everything to See During Cherry Blossom Season in Washington D.C.

When we were finished playing tourist, we made our way over to the Tidal Basin (which is also located in the National Mall area) where we FINALLY got to see the cherry blossoms! Even though it was a bit chilly out and overcast, the blossoms were in full bloom and they were just as beautiful and bright as what I’ve seen in photographs!

Before I did my road trip to Washington DC, I was originally coming down to visit my cousin to do the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival with her. (Unfortunately, it got canceled due to the weather.) Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 3,000 cherry blossom trees that were gifted to the United States from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo. The gift and annual celebration honors the lasting and continued friendship between the United States and Japan.

Three women enjoying the DC cherry blossoms

Overall, these beautiful pink trees stand out and they are absolutely breathtaking in front of the Tidal Basin. On a beautiful sunny day, you can catch views of the pink cherry blossoms with the beautiful blue water and Thomas Jefferson Memorial in the background. In addition, you could even rent paddle boats at the Tidal Basin if you are feeling adventurous!

Bar Hop around Washington DC’s Logan Circle/Shaw Area:

As amazing as it was to see the DC cherry blossoms, we were FREEZING afterwards! We all agreed that the best way to warm up was to grab drinks and guess what?! DC had a great Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Bar located in the Logan Circle/Shaw area of the city.

This pop-up bar hosts several pop-up themes throughout the year. Some of the famous ones are the Cherry Blossoms, Harry Potter and the Christmas bar. It was so cool to see, but extremely crowded!

The casual bar we went to afterwards was called Right Proper Brewing Company, which is a brewpub that offers crafted beers and Southern-influenced bites. At this bar, I met up with my other JMU friends, Brando and Poon. Since I don’t get to see my college friends often, we had such a great time!

Wander around the Charming Dupont Circle Area of DC:

I love the charming neighborhoods in Washington DC! Each one offers a different culture (similar to NYC) as well as different architecture.

One thing I learned during my time in DC was that the city doesn’t have a signature skyline like some of the other big cities in the United States because no building could be taller than the National Monument. I think that is pretty cool since the monument stands out!

Mission Mexican restaurant in Washington DC

Dupont Circle was the area just outside of where our hotel was located in. I loved all of the unique houses and buildings. There is so much character and charm in this neighborhood!

For dinner, we ate at a quaint and eclectic Mexican restaurant called Mission. I love the outside of the building! The food was also good and much healthier than the Mexican food I’m used to consuming.

Visit the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden:

A group of individuals exploring the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington DC during cherry blossom season

Washington DC is known for its many art museums. Even though the Smithsonian is DC’s biggest museum, there are numerous other great museums within their network.

An art gallery in Washington DC

During my time in Washington DC to celebrate cherry blossom season, my family and I enjoyed exploring some of the capital city’s talented artwork!

A woman enjoying the DC museums.

In the beginning, I was undecided between the Hirschhorn Museum and Renwick Gallery, but we ended up just going to the Hirshhorn instead. (I will definitely be going to Renwick Gallery when I come back!)

A woman exploring the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington DC during the cherry blossom season

The Hirschhorn Museum is a fifth-decade leading voice for contemporary art and culture. It is one of the most visited modern art museums in the country, which offers meaningful and personal experiences that encompasses important works from 21st century artists. I loved all of the exhibits and found them to be so interesting!

Best Brunch in Washington DC during Cherry Blossom Season:

A family enjoying brunch in Washington DC at Founding Farmers during cherry blossom season

As one of the nation’s leading cities to “brunch” in, I couldn’t wait to experience my first real brunch in Washington DC. I LOVE brunch and feel like I don’t go enough, but something about sweet waffles or French toast with eggs and bacon with orange juice and champagne is just spot on.

My cousin found a great brunch spot near the White House called Founding Farmers. This great place is a farm-to-table restaurant that offers high-quality food that is delicious and grown with care. If you are planning to eat at Founding Farmers, definitely call way ahead for reservations because it is a popular brunch spot in DC. Even with a reservation, we still had to wait 15 minutes to be seated.

Chicken and waffles from Founding Farmers in DC

When we finally got seated, we all ordered mimosas and Bellini’s for drinks and for the main meal, I just HAD to get the chicken and waffles. I’ve had chicken and waffles before (in Charleston for instance) and I remember the combination being one of my favorites! If you are planning on going to DC anytime soon or are currently living in or around the District, I definitely recommend Founding Farmers!

See The White House:

The White House in Washington DC

It wouldn’t be a trip to Washington DC without seeing the The White House for the first time! Around the corner from Founding Farmers is the beautiful white home of our current and past presidents.

As you can imagine, this area is very crowded because people from all over the globe come to see the infamous building. Regardless of what your political views are, it is so cool to see the White House in person because every single U.S. president lived there dating back to the 18th century.

Even though the White House is highly guarded and gated off, you could still get great pictures as you maneuver your way through the crowds. I really liked the tulip garden and fountain in front!

Venture to Arlington, Virginia:

Nicecream in Arlington, Virginia

Back when I was a senior in college, I interned for JMU’s College of Business (COB) as a Public Relations Intern. One of my projects was to interview two JMU alumni on their successful entrepreneurial endeavors.

Sandra Tran and Gilbert (Gil) Welsford combined their skills and love for ice cream and created pop-up shops, called Nicecream, all throughout DC. The use of pop-up shops made their business mobile and convenient for all ice cream lovers! After many successes and continued growth, the two business partners opened up their retail stores in Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia. Nicecream has been thriving since 2013!

Nicecream during cherry blossom season in Washington DC

Since I interviewed and worked with both Gil and Sandra during that time period to create the article for the COB, I had to make my way over to Arlington to check it out! When I walked through the door, not only did I love how cute and welcoming the ice cream shop was, but I also was excited to see my article printed and framed on the wall! It was such a great feeling.

In regards to the actual “Nicecream”, it was out of this world! I opted for the chocolate flavor and it literally melted in my mouth. In addition, it was so cool to see the liquid nitrogen being poured into the mixers along with all of their locally sourced ingredients. I highly recommend making your way out to Arlington to try this amazing place! You certainly won’t be disappointed.

In addition to Nicecream, Arlington, Virginia is a thriving city across from DC. This area features great restaurants, bars, boutiques, historical sites and so much more! It is only 15 minutes from DC’s downtown area and is easily accessible through the District’s popular metro.


A woman enjoying the DC cherry blossoms.

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my weekend in Washington DC during cherry blossom season and discovering the best things to do in the capital city. If you have any questions about my time in Washington DC, please email me at [email protected]

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32 Comments

  1. Marcel on April 5, 2019 at 3:14 am

    Thank you for sharing so many beautiful pictures and useful informations. Best wishes.

    • Taylor Deer on April 9, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      Thank you so much Marcel. I’m glad you enjoy them!

  2. Cosette on April 3, 2021 at 9:47 am

    We visited Washington DC over Summer and it was so hot that day. Would love to come back for Cherry Blossom season.

    • Taylor Deer on April 3, 2021 at 10:46 am

      It’s such a great city and you totally need to revisit during the spring. It is so pretty! 🙂

  3. Sue on April 3, 2021 at 11:02 am

    I love DC. I’ve gone during Cherry Blossom season a couple of times, both times I just missed the peak but it was still beautiful. I’ve stayed at the Georgetown Marriott before, great hotel in a perfect location.
    Those chicken and waffles looks delicious, I’m going to have to have brunch there my next trip!

    • Taylor Deer on April 3, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      Yes, DC really is a great city to visit during this time of the year. 🙂 I am actually heading back there next month, which I’m really excited about! Brunch in DC is the best. 🙂

  4. Cecilia on April 3, 2021 at 11:06 am

    We just went to the DC cherry blossoms yesterday! It was soooo cold, but glad we got some nice shots. So happy you tried out Founding Farmers! That’s one of my favorite restaurants in the area. A little pricey but so good!

    • Taylor Deer on April 3, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      Ah no way! It is cold out, even here in New Jersey! Also yes, I loved Founding Farmers. I can’t wait to try more restaurants when I return in May. 🙂

  5. Sunetra on April 3, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Such beautiful photos Taylor! I have been to DC but never during Cherry Blossoms! I so wish to return to DC during Spring.. hopefully next year! Your detail blog post has inspired me to see these blooms.

    • Taylor Deer on April 3, 2021 at 11:02 pm

      Thank you so much Sunetra! It really is a gorgeous city to visit during springtime. 🙂

  6. Deb on April 3, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    I would LOVE to visit during cherry blossom season. It looks gorgeous! I would love to see the White House too!

    • Taylor Deer on April 3, 2021 at 11:02 pm

      You totally have to! DC is so beautiful during the spring. 🙂

  7. Ildiko on April 3, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    I am definitely wanting to do this!!! Too late for this year, but will hope to plan for next year. It looks breathtakingly beautiful.

    • Taylor Deer on April 3, 2021 at 11:03 pm

      You definitely should go next year because it is so beautiful and a happy place 🙂

  8. Marina on April 3, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Since I’ve learnt at highschool that Japan gave cherry blossoms trees to Washington DC, I’ve been dying to visit! And your post just make me want to go right now *w* this looks so beautiful

    • Taylor Deer on April 3, 2021 at 11:03 pm

      Yes, it is so beautiful Marina! You totally have to go in the near future. 🙂

  9. Lily on April 3, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Would you believe I’ve lived 30 minutes from DC for two years and still haven’t seen the cherry blossoms? Your post inspired me to change that ASAP. Also Georgetown cupcake is the BEST.

    • Taylor Deer on April 3, 2021 at 11:50 pm

      Ah yes, you totally have to go at some point. It is absolutely beautiful! Also I love Georgetown Cupcake! 🙂

  10. Agnes on April 3, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    I used to live out in DC for a few years and LOVED cherry blossom season…apart from the swarms of people! There’s just something special about all those flowers up against the monuments. Great post!

    • Taylor Deer on April 4, 2021 at 11:54 pm

      Thank you Agnes! It really is a beautiful city during this time of the year! The only downside is the crowds of people I will agree lol

  11. Kitti on April 4, 2021 at 1:54 am

    DC looks amazing in cherry blossom season! There’s just something magical about cherry blossom that makes places look stunning. I also love your dungarees 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on April 4, 2021 at 11:54 pm

      Thank you Kitti! It really is a love place to visit during springtime. 🙂

  12. Krista on April 4, 2021 at 8:08 am

    DC looks great to visit in the springtime! I love all of the cherry blossom trees, and now I have a craving for ice cream too!

    • Taylor Deer on April 4, 2021 at 11:55 pm

      It really is a beautiful spring city! 🙂

  13. Tiffany Smith on April 4, 2021 at 8:48 am

    I always hear about the DC Cherry Blossoms but never knew how they got there! Cool fact 🙂 I need to get back to DC and explore the neighborhoods!!

    • Taylor Deer on April 4, 2021 at 11:56 pm

      It really is a beautiful springtime destination! I am actually heading back in May and I’m so excited. 🙂

  14. Kayy on April 4, 2021 at 10:13 am

    I will definitely have to take my allergy medicine before seeing the beautiful cherry blossoms . I think it’s a great sight to see. I would also love to visit the museum .

    • Taylor Deer on April 4, 2021 at 11:56 pm

      It really is a beautiful city to visit during this time of the year! I love it! 🙂

  15. Shelley on April 4, 2021 at 11:39 am

    DC is such a beautiful town, but cherry blossom season always takes it to the next level. Next time you go, check out the Adams Morgan neighborhood… super cool & colorful area, with lots of great cafes & bars.

    • Taylor Deer on April 4, 2021 at 11:57 pm

      I totally agree Shelley! I love it during springtime. Also sounds great, I actually head back there in mid May. I will be sure to check it out! 🙂

  16. Denise on April 5, 2021 at 11:08 am

    I love visiting DC anytime of year, but this is always the best!

    • Taylor Deer on April 5, 2021 at 3:36 pm

      I agree Denise! 🙂

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The cherry blossoms in Washington DC

There is nothing like cherry blossom season in Washington DC during springtime! The average peak bloom dates to see the cherry blossoms in DC is during the first week of April. You can also see the blossoms in late March and mid April.

As a way to kick off the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere, I made my way down to the capital of the United States in early April 2018 to admire the cherry blossoms in person for the first time while exploring some historical monuments, museums and quaint neighborhoods.

A family in front of the White House in Washington DC during cherry blossom season

When I visited Washington DC in April 2018, my cousin was attending college there, so my family and I went to visit her and also see the beautiful cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin.

Besides Washington DC, there are plenty of destinations where you could spot cherry blossoms around the world. Some of the most popular places to see cherry blossoms are Japan, Paris, South Korea, Denmark and India to name a few.

Three women enjoying cherry blossom season in Washington DC

In this blog post, discover the best things to experience in and around Washington DC during cherry blossom season in the spring.

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Everything to See During Cherry Blossom Season in Washington D.C.

Traveling to Washington DC During Cherry Blossom Season:

The National Mall in Washington DC

Visiting Washington DC to celebrate cherry blossom season required a five-hour drive from my home in Northern New Jersey to the heart of the city. (Washington DC makes for a great mini road trip and weekend getaway from the New York City area.)

If you are coming from a further distance, you could either fly into Dulles International Airport or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. You could find great flight deals on Skyscanner.

The most convenient way to get around Washington DC is by taking the Metrorail and Metrobus. There are also city taxis as well as Uber and Lyft rides in the capital. If you are doing a USA road trip or are looking to explore beyond the city of DC, I highly recommend renting a car!

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Hotels in Washington DC Near the Cherry Blossoms:

The Georgetown area in Washington DC

No matter where you choose to stay in Washington DC, there are a plethora of hotels for different budgets. We stayed at the Washington Marriott in Georgetown. I loved how clean, beautiful, lively and centrally located it was in relation to all of the big sites in DC as well as the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms. In addition to hotels, there is also a large range of Airbnb and Vrbo options in the capital city.

Other hotels near the DC cherry blossoms are listed below:

What to do during Cherry Blossom Season in DC:

Explore Georgetown:

Georgetown in DC

Whenever I would adventure to DC during my college years, it was usually because of a career organization (PRSSA) that I was part of during my junior and senior year. I would come to Washington DC to visit corporations and agencies and then meet up with alumni at Elephant & Castle bar afterwards (which is a fun Irish pub).

Even though these opportunities were amazing, I never had the advantage to fully tour the capital city and do the typical “touristy” stuff. So, when I visited Washington DC during cherry blossom season in April 2018, I got to finally see all that was on my District bucket list!

Prior to heading to DC, I was told that I HAD to visit the Georgetown area; so that was the first place my family and I visited. Georgetown is a charming area that offers high-end restaurants, cute cafés, great shopping and adorable Federal-style architecture. Even though this area tends to get a bit crowded with tourists, I still loved walking through the neighborhood.

After a 5-hour drive on our first day, we were all starving, so we stopped at a great saloon called J’Paul’s. Since the DC/Baltimore area is known for crabs and Old Bay, I obviously enjoyed a crab cake sandwich with Old Bay fries. It was delicious! This great American restaurant has a nice weekend brunch and is a fun bar at night.

A woman eating at Georgetown Cupcake in Washington DC during cherry blossom season

When we were finished eating our lunch, we obviously had to grab dessert at the famous Georgetown Cupcake! Before we made our way over to get these delicious cupcakes, I met up with my college friends Meaghan and Dorothy. It was so great to see them!

Georgetown Cupcake is a staple in Washington DC, so it was extremely important that I try one! This adorable cupcake shop is co-owned by sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne. These two power sisters were the stars of Cupcake Cam LIVE and DC Cupcakes on TLC and they are the best-selling authors of The Cupcake Diaries and Sweet Celebrations.

Inspired by their grandmother, both Katherine and Sophie traded in their then careers to follow their passion for baking. In 2008, Georgetown Cupcake opened! This thriving cupcake store and coffee shop expanded to Bethesda, MD, New York, NY, Boston, MA, Los Angeles, CA and Atlanta, GA.

Georgetown Cupcakes in Washington DC

When we first got to Georgetown Cupcake, the line was wrapped around the building, but it luckily went quick! We all got a cupcake and they all had salted caramel in it (um, flavor of the season!?). They were so good! In fact, the cupcake I had was probably one of the best cupcakes I’ve enjoyed in my life.

After savoring our cupcakes, we walked around the charming neighborhood and admired all of the stunning Georgetown homes.

Enjoy the Historical Sites around the National Mall:

A family at the National Mall in Washington DC during cherry blossom season

After our lovely time exploring Georgetown, we made our way over to the heart of DC, where all of the historical and national monuments are located as well as the famous cherry blossoms!

A woman enjoying the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms in Washington DC during the spring season

The first place we visited was the National Mall, where we got to see good ole Abe himself at the Lincoln Memorial. After that, we walked around to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the World War II Museum, National Monument and the United States Capitol. I have to admit, that it was fun playing tourist in my country’s own capital and seeing all of these great historical sites in person!

Admire the Beautiful Tidal Basin Cherry Blossoms:

Everything to See During Cherry Blossom Season in Washington D.C.

When we were finished playing tourist, we made our way over to the Tidal Basin (which is also located in the National Mall area) where we FINALLY got to see the cherry blossoms! Even though it was a bit chilly out and overcast, the blossoms were in full bloom and they were just as beautiful and bright as what I’ve seen in photographs!

Before I did my road trip to Washington DC, I was originally coming down to visit my cousin to do the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival with her. (Unfortunately, it got canceled due to the weather.) Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 3,000 cherry blossom trees that were gifted to the United States from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo. The gift and annual celebration honors the lasting and continued friendship between the United States and Japan.

Three women enjoying the DC cherry blossoms

Overall, these beautiful pink trees stand out and they are absolutely breathtaking in front of the Tidal Basin. On a beautiful sunny day, you can catch views of the pink cherry blossoms with the beautiful blue water and Thomas Jefferson Memorial in the background. In addition, you could even rent paddle boats at the Tidal Basin if you are feeling adventurous!

Bar Hop around Washington DC’s Logan Circle/Shaw Area:

As amazing as it was to see the DC cherry blossoms, we were FREEZING afterwards! We all agreed that the best way to warm up was to grab drinks and guess what?! DC had a great Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Bar located in the Logan Circle/Shaw area of the city.

This pop-up bar hosts several pop-up themes throughout the year. Some of the famous ones are the Cherry Blossoms, Harry Potter and the Christmas bar. It was so cool to see, but extremely crowded!

The casual bar we went to afterwards was called Right Proper Brewing Company, which is a brewpub that offers crafted beers and Southern-influenced bites. At this bar, I met up with my other JMU friends, Brando and Poon. Since I don’t get to see my college friends often, we had such a great time!

Wander around the Charming Dupont Circle Area of DC:

I love the charming neighborhoods in Washington DC! Each one offers a different culture (similar to NYC) as well as different architecture.

One thing I learned during my time in DC was that the city doesn’t have a signature skyline like some of the other big cities in the United States because no building could be taller than the National Monument. I think that is pretty cool since the monument stands out!

Mission Mexican restaurant in Washington DC

Dupont Circle was the area just outside of where our hotel was located in. I loved all of the unique houses and buildings. There is so much character and charm in this neighborhood!

For dinner, we ate at a quaint and eclectic Mexican restaurant called Mission. I love the outside of the building! The food was also good and much healthier than the Mexican food I’m used to consuming.

Visit the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden:

A group of individuals exploring the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington DC during cherry blossom season

Washington DC is known for its many art museums. Even though the Smithsonian is DC’s biggest museum, there are numerous other great museums within their network.

An art gallery in Washington DC

During my time in Washington DC to celebrate cherry blossom season, my family and I enjoyed exploring some of the capital city’s talented artwork!

A woman enjoying the DC museums.

In the beginning, I was undecided between the Hirschhorn Museum and Renwick Gallery, but we ended up just going to the Hirshhorn instead. (I will definitely be going to Renwick Gallery when I come back!)

A woman exploring the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington DC during the cherry blossom season

The Hirschhorn Museum is a fifth-decade leading voice for contemporary art and culture. It is one of the most visited modern art museums in the country, which offers meaningful and personal experiences that encompasses important works from 21st century artists. I loved all of the exhibits and found them to be so interesting!

Best Brunch in Washington DC during Cherry Blossom Season:

A family enjoying brunch in Washington DC at Founding Farmers during cherry blossom season

As one of the nation’s leading cities to “brunch” in, I couldn’t wait to experience my first real brunch in Washington DC. I LOVE brunch and feel like I don’t go enough, but something about sweet waffles or French toast with eggs and bacon with orange juice and champagne is just spot on.

My cousin found a great brunch spot near the White House called Founding Farmers. This great place is a farm-to-table restaurant that offers high-quality food that is delicious and grown with care. If you are planning to eat at Founding Farmers, definitely call way ahead for reservations because it is a popular brunch spot in DC. Even with a reservation, we still had to wait 15 minutes to be seated.

Chicken and waffles from Founding Farmers in DC

When we finally got seated, we all ordered mimosas and Bellini’s for drinks and for the main meal, I just HAD to get the chicken and waffles. I’ve had chicken and waffles before (in Charleston for instance) and I remember the combination being one of my favorites! If you are planning on going to DC anytime soon or are currently living in or around the District, I definitely recommend Founding Farmers!

See The White House:

The White House in Washington DC

It wouldn’t be a trip to Washington DC without seeing the The White House for the first time! Around the corner from Founding Farmers is the beautiful white home of our current and past presidents.

As you can imagine, this area is very crowded because people from all over the globe come to see the infamous building. Regardless of what your political views are, it is so cool to see the White House in person because every single U.S. president lived there dating back to the 18th century.

Even though the White House is highly guarded and gated off, you could still get great pictures as you maneuver your way through the crowds. I really liked the tulip garden and fountain in front!

Venture to Arlington, Virginia:

Nicecream in Arlington, Virginia

Back when I was a senior in college, I interned for JMU’s College of Business (COB) as a Public Relations Intern. One of my projects was to interview two JMU alumni on their successful entrepreneurial endeavors.

Sandra Tran and Gilbert (Gil) Welsford combined their skills and love for ice cream and created pop-up shops, called Nicecream, all throughout DC. The use of pop-up shops made their business mobile and convenient for all ice cream lovers! After many successes and continued growth, the two business partners opened up their retail stores in Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia. Nicecream has been thriving since 2013!

Nicecream during cherry blossom season in Washington DC

Since I interviewed and worked with both Gil and Sandra during that time period to create the article for the COB, I had to make my way over to Arlington to check it out! When I walked through the door, not only did I love how cute and welcoming the ice cream shop was, but I also was excited to see my article printed and framed on the wall! It was such a great feeling.

In regards to the actual “Nicecream”, it was out of this world! I opted for the chocolate flavor and it literally melted in my mouth. In addition, it was so cool to see the liquid nitrogen being poured into the mixers along with all of their locally sourced ingredients. I highly recommend making your way out to Arlington to try this amazing place! You certainly won’t be disappointed.

In addition to Nicecream, Arlington, Virginia is a thriving city across from DC. This area features great restaurants, bars, boutiques, historical sites and so much more! It is only 15 minutes from DC’s downtown area and is easily accessible through the District’s popular metro.


A woman enjoying the DC cherry blossoms.

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my weekend in Washington DC during cherry blossom season and discovering the best things to do in the capital city. If you have any questions about my time in Washington DC, please email me at [email protected]

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Everything to see during cherry blossom season in Washington DC

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32 Comments

  1. Marcel on April 5, 2019 at 3:14 am

    Thank you for sharing so many beautiful pictures and useful informations. Best wishes.

    • Taylor Deer on April 9, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      Thank you so much Marcel. I’m glad you enjoy them!

  2. Cosette on April 3, 2021 at 9:47 am

    We visited Washington DC over Summer and it was so hot that day. Would love to come back for Cherry Blossom season.

    • Taylor Deer on April 3, 2021 at 10:46 am

      It’s such a great city and you totally need to revisit during the spring. It is so pretty! 🙂

  3. Sue on April 3, 2021 at 11:02 am

    I love DC. I’ve gone during Cherry Blossom season a couple of times, both times I just missed the peak but it was still beautiful. I’ve stayed at the Georgetown Marriott before, great hotel in a perfect location.
    Those chicken and waffles looks delicious, I’m going to have to have brunch there my next trip!

    • Taylor Deer on April 3, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      Yes, DC really is a great city to visit during this time of the year. 🙂 I am actually heading back there next month, which I’m really excited about! Brunch in DC is the best. 🙂

  4. Cecilia on April 3, 2021 at 11:06 am

    We just went to the DC cherry blossoms yesterday! It was soooo cold, but glad we got some nice shots. So happy you tried out Founding Farmers! That’s one of my favorite restaurants in the area. A little pricey but so good!

    • Taylor Deer on April 3, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      Ah no way! It is cold out, even here in New Jersey! Also yes, I loved Founding Farmers. I can’t wait to try more restaurants when I return in May. 🙂

  5. Sunetra on April 3, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Such beautiful photos Taylor! I have been to DC but never during Cherry Blossoms! I so wish to return to DC during Spring.. hopefully next year! Your detail blog post has inspired me to see these blooms.

    • Taylor Deer on April 3, 2021 at 11:02 pm

      Thank you so much Sunetra! It really is a gorgeous city to visit during springtime. 🙂

  6. Deb on April 3, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    I would LOVE to visit during cherry blossom season. It looks gorgeous! I would love to see the White House too!

    • Taylor Deer on April 3, 2021 at 11:02 pm

      You totally have to! DC is so beautiful during the spring. 🙂

  7. Ildiko on April 3, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    I am definitely wanting to do this!!! Too late for this year, but will hope to plan for next year. It looks breathtakingly beautiful.

    • Taylor Deer on April 3, 2021 at 11:03 pm

      You definitely should go next year because it is so beautiful and a happy place 🙂

  8. Marina on April 3, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Since I’ve learnt at highschool that Japan gave cherry blossoms trees to Washington DC, I’ve been dying to visit! And your post just make me want to go right now *w* this looks so beautiful

    • Taylor Deer on April 3, 2021 at 11:03 pm

      Yes, it is so beautiful Marina! You totally have to go in the near future. 🙂

  9. Lily on April 3, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Would you believe I’ve lived 30 minutes from DC for two years and still haven’t seen the cherry blossoms? Your post inspired me to change that ASAP. Also Georgetown cupcake is the BEST.

    • Taylor Deer on April 3, 2021 at 11:50 pm

      Ah yes, you totally have to go at some point. It is absolutely beautiful! Also I love Georgetown Cupcake! 🙂

  10. Agnes on April 3, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    I used to live out in DC for a few years and LOVED cherry blossom season…apart from the swarms of people! There’s just something special about all those flowers up against the monuments. Great post!

    • Taylor Deer on April 4, 2021 at 11:54 pm

      Thank you Agnes! It really is a beautiful city during this time of the year! The only downside is the crowds of people I will agree lol

  11. Kitti on April 4, 2021 at 1:54 am

    DC looks amazing in cherry blossom season! There’s just something magical about cherry blossom that makes places look stunning. I also love your dungarees 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on April 4, 2021 at 11:54 pm

      Thank you Kitti! It really is a love place to visit during springtime. 🙂

  12. Krista on April 4, 2021 at 8:08 am

    DC looks great to visit in the springtime! I love all of the cherry blossom trees, and now I have a craving for ice cream too!

    • Taylor Deer on April 4, 2021 at 11:55 pm

      It really is a beautiful spring city! 🙂

  13. Tiffany Smith on April 4, 2021 at 8:48 am

    I always hear about the DC Cherry Blossoms but never knew how they got there! Cool fact 🙂 I need to get back to DC and explore the neighborhoods!!

    • Taylor Deer on April 4, 2021 at 11:56 pm

      It really is a beautiful springtime destination! I am actually heading back in May and I’m so excited. 🙂

  14. Kayy on April 4, 2021 at 10:13 am

    I will definitely have to take my allergy medicine before seeing the beautiful cherry blossoms . I think it’s a great sight to see. I would also love to visit the museum .

    • Taylor Deer on April 4, 2021 at 11:56 pm

      It really is a beautiful city to visit during this time of the year! I love it! 🙂

  15. Shelley on April 4, 2021 at 11:39 am

    DC is such a beautiful town, but cherry blossom season always takes it to the next level. Next time you go, check out the Adams Morgan neighborhood… super cool & colorful area, with lots of great cafes & bars.

    • Taylor Deer on April 4, 2021 at 11:57 pm

      I totally agree Shelley! I love it during springtime. Also sounds great, I actually head back there in mid May. I will be sure to check it out! 🙂

  16. Denise on April 5, 2021 at 11:08 am

    I love visiting DC anytime of year, but this is always the best!

    • Taylor Deer on April 5, 2021 at 3:36 pm

      I agree Denise! 🙂

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