Blossom Secrets Stroll

How three thousand Japanese cherry trees arrived in America’s capital is the tale unfurled during this walk given in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The annual flowering cherry tree display is guaranteed to dazzle your senses. But have you ever wondered why the trees are planted along the Tidal Basin? Why cherry trees? Whose idea was it to import trees from across the Pacific Ocean? 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. Lots of fun facts and anecdotes about the nation’s capital, too!


Led by BreeCarolyn, Christina, or Polly.


"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.


Available in 2022.

Approximately 2 hours
No reservations necessary. Simply show up!

$20 per person (kids 3 and younger free). $5 discount with U.S. military or federal government ID. Pay in advance or with cash or credit card when you arrive.

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