Find out how to view the blossoms virtually
The trust for the National Mall has partnered with the National Cherry Blossom Festival and National Park Service to give people at home a virtual opportunity to visit the blossoms during peak bloom. Click the picture above or visit nationalmall.com/bloomcam to get a live look at the blossoms.
Updates About Visiting the Cherry Blossoms
Please find the latest recommendations from the National Park Service and the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority below:
According to the National Park Service on March 21:
"The National Park Service strongly urges anyone considering a visit to see the cherry blossoms to reconsider and to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, as it is difficult to maintain effective social distancing in large crowds. Slowing the spread of infections diseases is everyone's responsibility." NPS also announced new traffic measures to discourage excessive visitation.
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced on March 22 that she is extending the traffic control measures around the Tidal Basin and the National Mall: "The Mayor has directed the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to work with the DC National Guard to enforce a restricted access zone around the Tidal Basin until further notice to ensure social distancing and prevent further community transmission of COVID-19. Further, pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be restricted in the area of the National Mall. Members of the public will not be able to enter the Jefferson Memorial or the National Mall in the area bounded by 14th Street to 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue, SW. Further, pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be restricted in the area of the Tidal Basin."
Please note that WMATA has closed the Smithsonian and Arlington Cemetery Stations and advised the public not to use the Metro for cherry blossom travel.
And now, a public service announcement from your friends at Metro...— Metro (@wmata) March 18, 2020
Let's keep trains available for the hospital staff, first responders, and other heroes who need to travel right now. The trees will be there next year.#wmata #psa #CherryBlossoms #dc @MayorBowser #covid19dc pic.twitter.com/4PJO5qs8ei