Top 5 Best Places to See Cherry Blossom in USA
The arrival of March means the blooming of the cherry blossoms, a time known as Sakura season. The US is also rolling into spring too and with it also comes countless cherry blossom and Japan-centric celebrations across the nation. Several cities across the U.S. are bathed in a pink, spring-welcoming party.
While some cities like Washington D.C. have several thousand trees, there are other cherry blossom destinations in the U.S. that are more off-the-beaten-path but just as pink during the peak bloom time.
So where are the best places to see the cherry blossoms in the USA? Here are 5 of our favorite high- and low-profile cherry blossom destinations across America.
- Brooklyn, NY
The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is one of the oldest places to see cherry blossom trees outside the U.S. Running from mid-March until late April, each of the different cherry tree species in the park takes their turn to bloom and then fall in an almost choreographed display of beauty. The botanical garden has a bloom watch where visitors can see which of the dozens of trees are in bloom—and peak bloom—before visiting the gardens.
“Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s iconic ‘Cherry Esplanade’ was planted in 1942. “Since the early 1980s, Cherry Esplanade has been the centerpiece of the Garden’s annual Sakura Matsuri—Cherry Blossom Festival—which celebrates Japanese culture through music, dance, food and art.”
- Washington D.C.
The DC Sakura Matsuri Festival is perhaps the biggest cherry blossom festival in America. With more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees on National Park Service land throughout the city, D.C. is the best place to be outside Japan to see fields of cherry blossom blooms.
The city is inundated with blossom seekers for weeks during March and April, so know where to go and be prepared to battle crowds to see the blooms. There will be performances, food stands, and arts and culture hub right in the middle of the festivities.
- Boston, MA
In Spring Boston’s Charles River Esplanade looks like something ripped straight out of a fairy-tale. The flowing river is flanked by walls of soft pink flowers, making it one of the best times of the year for visiting.
This three-mile stretch of green space offers more than five miles of walking and biking trails among the blooms leading up to the historic Hatch Shell amphitheater. Flowering from mid-April until early May, the city’s cherry trees are accompanied by magnolias, tulips, late daffodils and azaleas leaving the city awash with color.
- Dallas, TX
If you’re in Dallas during spring, head on over to the Dallas Arboretum to get in on the cherry blossom action. The area is home to about 150 cherry trees in total that, have ready to bloom for the 2019 season. The trees—and 500,000 other bulbs planted annually—are celebrated during a bloom festival that attracts visitors from all over the state. Pack a little lunch, sit under the trees and enjoy the festivities just as if you were in Japan.
- Macon, GA
The International Cherry Blossom Festival is held in Macon, Georgia, each year from March to April. With 300,000 Yoshino cherry blossom trees, the area is known for the pale-pink blossoms.
Running for over 35 years now, the Macon Georgia International Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the biggest (and they claim the pinkest) in the country. Although many assume that DC is America’s home of the cherry blossom, it turns out that Macon, Georgia, actually has an astonishing 300,000 blooming Yoshino cherry trees, most of which you can find at Central City Park.