Tourist alert! The 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival runs from March 20 – April 13. According to the NCBF more than 1.5 million people visit the Nation’s Capital each year to see the cherry blossom trees. It is one of the busiest tourist seasons in the city and the time is fast approaching. Two years ago, the Festival expanded from 16 days to five weeks. There are so many special events and activities scheduled for you and your family to enjoy during the Festival that you will be hard pressed to cover it all. We’ve made it easier for you with this primer.
- Plan ahead for your visit. If you don’t have the good fortune of staying with relatives or friends, Washington, DC has a range of places offering accommodations. Hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts provide lodging that ranges from inexpensive to costly. A list of hotels can be found on the NCBF website.
- There will be no need to curb your enthusiasm while enjoying a tour of downtown DC if you leave your car parked elsewhere and take a ride in the comfort of an Angelic Luxury Tour Bus. However, appreciating the beauty of over 3000 cherry blossom trees planted around Hains Point and the Tidal Basin is best done on foot. That area will be extremely crowded, so expect to rub shoulders with a throng of tourists, native Washingtonians and transplants from other cities.
- One of the highlights of the Festival is the Cherry Blossom Parade. This year it happens on April 12, from 10 AM to 12 PM. There is no charge for viewing the parade while standing along the route on Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th Streets, NW, but if you want grandstand seats, they are available at a cost.
- For additional information about the parade and other activities contact the NCBF on 877-442-5666 or visit the NCBF website.