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Cherry Blossom

Enjoy Virginia's breathtaking landscapes painted with cheerful pink and white blooms

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Virginia has several great places to relish the beauty of cherry blossoms. As spring rolls into the Old Dominion, its parks, arboretums, and sidewalks burst into lush pink and white flowers. Usually, the season starts around late March and continues for a couple of weeks through early April. You must be wondering where to glimpse cherry blossom goodness. We've got you covered here. Scroll down to find out the best spots around the state.

Cherry blossoms near Tidal Basin

You can always count on some lovely cherry blossom displays close to the Tidal Basin in northern Virginia. First, visit Arlington National Cemetery—solemn and moving at any time of year, the historic site is extra vibrant when in full bloom. Then, go to the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria or witness the flowering on the cobblestone streets of its Old Town. Alternatively, opt for a stroll beneath the pink canopies in Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in nearby Vienna, VA.

Cherry Blossom Festival Virginia Beach

The largest city also has reserved some excellent localities with cherry trees galore. Tons of blossoms sprout all across Virginia Beach, but one of the most enchanting sites must be Red Wing Park. In early April, it hosts the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, offering free admission and parking, as well as foods and drinks to buy. The festivities highlight Japanese culture, arts, and crafts. Bring a blanket to enjoy live performances throughout the day.

Cherry blossoms in the Richmond area

Lastly, you'll find multiple places of color in and around Richmond. Check out the Virginia Commonwealth University campus, lined with cherry trees; see the explosion of petals in Byrd Park; or discover a cherry tree walk by the lake in Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Besides, the capital houses its own Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrating the seasonal bloom and Japanese culture.

For the dates of the cherry blossom festivals in Virginia, please check the events' official websites or Facebook pages (see External Resources below). Also, have a look at the map suggesting all the best accommodations close by to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Last updated: by Olha Savych