Cherry Blossoms

The annual bloom of the cherry trees along the Potomac River is a sure sign that spring has arrived in the nation’s capital.

The cherry blossom trees, a gift from Japan to the United States in 1812, line the Tidal Basin and surround landmarks such as the Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

For two weeks in late March and early April, millions of visitors come to metro DC to take in the blossoms as they decorate some of our most famous national landmarks.

The enduring attraction of the cherry trees and the National Cherry Blossom Festival make the bloom period a great time to get around by bike. Pick up a bike from a nearby station and ride among the blossoms at Hains Point. Then stop and take in the majesty of the monuments shrouded in blooms.

Capital Bikeshare Corral Service

Capital Bikeshare will offer free Corral Service on the National Mall at the height of peak bloom. Corral Service offers guaranteed open docks by having staff on hand to remove bikes when the station's docks are full.

March 18 and March 19
10am to 5pm
Jefferson Dr & 14th St SW

March 20 - March 24
12pm to 7pm
Jefferson Dr & 14th St SW

April 9
12pm to 4pm
Anacostia Metro station

During the festival, keep a look out for our Cherry Blossom-themed bike – the #bikeinbloom. It's the only pink bike in a fleet of red, and is part of our celebration of the blossoms every year.