Cherry blossoms bloom in the spring, and are often at the peak in the beginning of April. Families often travel across the country to see these iconic pink blooms that represent both a time of renewal and the fleeting nature of life. Many people automatically think Washington, D.C., when they want to see cherry blossoms in the U.S. However, there are many places you can visit to see the trees in full bloom.
Seattle: The University of Washington bursts into bloom in the spring. Dozens of trees line the central quad. While you’re walking through campus, you’ll find students both relaxing and studying under those blossoms.
Dallas: The Dallas Arboretum has cherry blooms each spring, and invites visitors to celebrate Japanese culture or simply enjoy the fresh air and blossoms.
Boston: The blossoms along the Charles River in Back Bay offer a few ways to see them — by foot or bike along the paths or, when the weather is warm, by kayak or canoe along the river.
Portland: The Tom McCall Waterfront Park features pathways under the cherry trees to enjoy the blossoms, right on the edge of the Japanese American Historical Plaza. Here, guests can learn about the Japanese American experience during World War II.
Athens: Athens, Ohio, that is. At Ohio University, 200 trees line the walkways through campus, lighting up the campus in pink to mark spring each year.
San Francisco: The Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Garden bursts into color each year when the cherry trees bloom. While there aren’t many trees, their color mixed with the other Japanese culture give visitors a great opportunity to see the blooms.
New Jersey: New Jersey actually has more cherry trees than D.C. Essex County has a three week long festival each April culminating in a celebration of Japanese culture.
Philadelphia: The city has thousands of cherry trees that burst into full bloom. One of the best places to see them is at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, where you’ll also experience Japanese art and history.
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