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.
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.
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.
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.
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.