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Top Spots for Photographing Cherry Blossoms

Capturing a lasting image of the cherry blossoms can be a daunting task. Luckily, we’ve compiled the best spots for you to shoot the blossoms.

The Jefferson Memorial peeks through the cherry blossoms, Washington DC's springtime signature.


Admire the third president and then look out across the blossom-dotted landscape.

The monument’s marble steps are ideal for hunkering down with a picnic or just to catch your breath. Use a long-focus lens to look out over the cherry blossom-lined Tidal Basin and snap away. Otherwise, find plenty of nearby blossoms to frame a shot of the monument’s iconic portico and dome.

The Stone of Hope features a 30-foot sculpture of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


The sculpture’s nickname, the Stone of Hope, comes from a line in King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

DC’s newest memorial is on the banks of the Tidal Basin. Let pink and white blossoms dot the foreground of a photo featuring the prominent statue—the 30-foot structure is surrounded by 182 new cherry blossom trees planted for the opening in 2011.


Revered for its storied history, the lantern is a truly a cherry blossom gem.

This four-centuries-old stone lantern is one of a pair—its twin resides at a Tokyo temple. The Japanese lanterns were carved to honor the Third Shogun of the Tokugawa period. To mark the National Cherry Blossom Festival each year, the lantern is lit by the Cherry Blossom Princess representing the Embassy of Japan.

Get a new view of the city's monuments and memorials with a paddleboat rental. Take one out on the Tidal Basin for a unique perspective of numerous memorials.


Put the pedals to the water and stake out spectacular views, and make sure your camera stays dry.

Take either a two- or four-person paddle boat ride and see the blossoms from out on the water. Paddle out to the middle of the Tidal Basin for a panoramic shot of the trees. Or, float on to the Jefferson Memorial.

The original Capitol Columns were moved to the National Arboretum because they couldn't support the weight of the Capitol dome. The Corinthian columns now have a home in the gardens of the Arboretum and make a perfect place for a picnic.


Tree lovers have a field day here thanks to the abundance of foliage.

Outfitted with flowering cherry trees, the U.S. National Arboretum is another place to behold the celebrated pink and white flowers. The Arboretum’s cherry trees usually peak at a different time than the Tidal Basin ones, offering an alternative opportunity to catch the blossoms.