The 6 Best Cherry Blossom Tours in DC (By Foot, Bus, and Bike!)

This post is about the best Cherry Blossom tours offered for 2020 Peak Bloom.

Cherry Blossom Tours are a great way to see the city that is known for it’s famed Cherry Blossom trees, the beautiful pink and white flowering trees you see on every postcard of the city.  A different take on regular walking tours, there are many tour opportunities to explore the city for great photographic spots, learn about the history of these trees and the Cherry Blossom festival that celebrates the trees, Spring and our friendship with Japan.


For the 2020 Cherry Blossom season, we’re creating Virtual Tours and 360 Walks so you can experience them from home. Watch our social media feed and YouTube Channel for more!

 

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For more information on the how to get the most out of the events, read our Cherry Blossom Festival Guide.

 

 

Walking Cherry Blossom Tours

Cherry Blossom ToursDC by Foot Blossoms on the Basin Walking Tour

This tour runs during peak bloom only!

DC By Foot is pleased to present our name your own price Cherry Blossom Tour. This tour will take you around the Tidal Basin in the cool shade of the city’s legendary cherry trees and through some of DC’s most beautiful, majestic and picturesque memorials.

Join DC by Foot as we visit the memorials that honor three great men of ideas. Thomas Jefferson, whose pen affirmed mankind’s inalienable rights. Franklin Delano Roosevelt who led America’s greatest generation for 12 years in the fight against tyranny and poverty. Martin Luther King, Jr. who reminded America and the world of our promise of equality and social justice.

For more information, read our Guide to the Cherry Blossom Festival for the Best Place to See the Cherry Blossoms

Sights we cover on the Cherry Blossom tour:

 

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Where: Tours depart from outside the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Bookstore. This is across the street from the Dr. King Memorial. (map)

The tour ends at Jefferson Memorial.

Tidal Basin Starting Point

Reserve parking in advance in a garage near the tour’s starting point through SpotHero. This service enables drivers to compare prices and locations of area garages and book a guaranteed spot ahead of time. Street parking in the area is extremely limited. 

Duration: Tour lasts approx. 1.5 hours. Total walking is about one mile (1.6km).

When: This tour is always run as part of the All in One Tour, but during Cherry Blossom Festival it runs as a separate 1.5 hour tour through the blossoms. View our Calendar

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.


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Other Walking Cherry Blossoms Tours:

Cherry Blossom ToursArlington National Cemetery Tour

While the tour focuses on honoring our military men and women, Arlington National Cemetery prides itself on it’s natural beauty. The grounds are tended with great care and you’ll find cherry blossoms, flowering magnolias, and grand oaks throughout the cemetery. A beautiful and honored backdrop in this most hallowed grounds. We offer Arlington National Cemetery Cherry Blossom tours on a daily basis during the festival.

You can book our Arlington National Cemetery tour on our Booking Page.


Cherry Blossom ToursHistoric Georgetown

To take Cherry Blossoms tours without the crowds, come with us on a stroll through this centuries old city. Instead of memorials, you’ll find colorful and detailed architecture behind the harbingers of Spring. A feel for the residential side of the city, the tour takes you through the ups and downs of Georgetown to discover that it’s much more than just a university. As you wander the cobblestone streets and brick sidewalks, the highlight of this tour is to look up at the residential gardens, the blossoming trees, and the beautiful homes.

You can book our Historic Georgetown tour on our Booking Page.


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Cherry Blossom Tours by Bus

Washington DC Bus ToursThe most popular places to view the Cherry Blossoms is along the Tidal Basin (MLK, FDR, Jefferson Memorials) and most of the Washington DC Bus Tours have stops at these memorials. Few bus tours run special tours that focus on the blossoms, but you can take their regular tour offerings to find your favorite viewing spot.

Use our post on the best Washington DC Bus tours to see which ones fit into the rest of your trip.

All bus tours include stops around the Tidal Basin – the most popular place to view the Cherry Blossoms.

The Best Washington DC Bus Tours Reviewed

A few key points to note about taking hop on/hop off and guided bus tours during Cherry Blossom Festival. There are significant road closures and rerouting of traffic due to special events and the increased amount of traffic around the city during the three weeks of the festival. This may alter some of the pick up/drop off locations as well as the wait times between buses. Allow extra time to see everything you want to see!


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OTHER CHERRY BLOSSOM TOURS

Cherry Blossom Segway Tour

This 3 hour segway tour is limited to 8 people per guide to ensure personal attention and easier ability to make your way through the crowds. Each tour starts with an orientation to help you get used to the machine and then you’ll make your way to the memorials and Tidal Basin.

Segway tips: Wear comfortable shoes; while you’re not walking, you are on your feet for three hours! Don’t bring too many belongings with you. The Segways are equipped with very small bags for cameras and small purses. You may wish to wear sunscreen on sunny days, and bring rain gear and/or warm clothing for bad weather days

Costs: $85 per person, must be over 16 years of age

Purchase your Tickets for Cherry Blossom Segway Tour Here!


Potomac River Cherry Blossom Cruise

In some ways the best view of the blossoms is from the water. You can board this 50 minute river cruise from Georgetown for majestic views of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and Thomas Jefferson Memorial. There is live commentary about these and other DC landmarks, as well as history of the Cherry Blossoms.

Costs: $25 per person

Purchase your Tickets for Cherry Blossom Cruise Tour Here!


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About the author

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 3 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the host of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All

With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 25 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 3) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.