Blossom Secrets Stroll

Cherry Blossoms at Tidal Basin, photo credit Anupa Asokan for NOAA

Trees As a Symbol of Friendship

How three thousand Japanese cherry trees arrived in America’s capital is the tale unfurled during this walk that celebrates not only the annual flowering cherry tree display guaranteed to dazzle your senses, but also the diplomatic and cultural relationship between the United States and Japan that the trees symbolize.  If you've ever wondered why the trees are planted along the National Mall's  Tidal Basin, this walk is for you!  Answers will be provided to questions such as

  • Why cherry trees?
  • Whose idea was it to import trees from across the Pacific Ocean?
  • Do the trees bear fruit?
  • How many different types of Japanese cherry trees grow in Washington, D.C.?

The Blossom Backstory

Learn about the journalist whose cherry tree vision lives on today, an ancient stone lantern symbolizing diplomacy, a renowned scientist inspired by First Lady Helen Taft, and where in the metro area you can discover even more pink and white blooms.

The National Mall in Bloom

Although the Tidal Basin may be the most famous spot to see Japanese cherry trees, we've created a walking tour route that travels along the National Mall to includes stops at a Victorian-style garden, past unique trees outside the Department of Agriculture, and on the Washington Monument grounds.  Springtime blooms abound!  

"Great tour. Lots of information, well organized, excellent guide." - Goldstar reviewer

Wondering when peak blossom bloom will occur?  Look here!

What Is Not Included?

This walk does not include interior tours of any buildings. It does not include a walk around the entire Tidal Basin area. (It is usually too crowded to bring a walking tour group around the Tidal Basin.) The walk concludes at the Tidal Basin, site of most of the famous Japanese cherry trees. Walk participants are welcome to walk the area on their own.


If you like this Washington walking tour, you might also like: Theodore Roosevelt Island and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

Guides that may lead this tour: 

CHRISTINA attributes her love of walking tours to Sunday afternoon family strolls at historic spots in her native Ohio. She is a long-time resident of the D.C. area and had a career in electronic libraries.

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Available for private bookings.  Contact for details.

Approximately 2 hours
Reservations REQUIRED and limited to fifteen (15) participants on public tours.

Please email us for a private or group tour quote.

Embarks from outside the Smithsonian Metrorail station (Independence Avenue exit). 1200 Independence Avenue, SW
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