GETTING TO THE BLOSSOMS
IN THE AREA
The District offers many transportation options to help residents and visitors get around the city with ease.
For those traveling in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia, check the Metro website for schedule changes. The city has also set up a website with the latest COVID-19 information and preventative group advisories.
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Take Metrobus or Metrorail
What better way to get to the blossoms and most National Cherry Blossom events this spring than taking Metrobus and Metrorail! Taking Metro has never been easier – just purchase a SmarTrip? card at any Metrorail station and use Metrorail, Metrobus or any other regional bus service to get around DC and surrounding areas.
To view Metrobus and Metrorail maps, visit?wmata.com
To plan your trip on Metrobus and Metrorail, use ‘Trip Planner’
Commemorative National Cherry Blossom Festival SmarTrip? cards will be available for purchase at designated fare vending machines at all Metrorail stations, while supplies last or order online at Metro’s SmarTrip? store. Remember to make your trip to the nation’s capital this Cherry Blossom season a memorable one!
The Tidal Basin is accessible by the following routes:
- Interstate 395 from the South
- Interstate 495, New York
- Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George
- Washington Memorial
- Parkway, and the Cabin John
- Parkway from the North
- Interstate 66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29 from the West
- U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 from the East
There is accessible parking designated at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt and World War II Memorials and near the Washington Monument and the Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln, Korean War Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans Memorials. Otherwise, parking is extremely scarce. Please note that some of these areas will be in the metered areas and will require that those using those spaces pay to park.
We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the Preferred Parking Partner of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the nation’s leading parking reservation app.
To reserve your parking spot, visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.
Need parking for the parade? Visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade SpotHero Parking Page.
New to SpotHero??Click here to download the SpotHero app.
One of the best ways to take in the sights of any city is by foot, and that’s especially true in Washington, DC during cherry blossom season! With the vitality of spring and pleasant weather, enjoy the trip to the blossoms by foot, with landmarks and statuesque monuments along the way. The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are just a short walk from many Metro stations, including:
Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter
*Scooter riders?will be required to WALK any scooters around the Tidal Basin and the Welcome Area*
Several major bicycle trails make their way to and through Washington, DC. The region is extremely bicycle-friendly and readily accessible to riders of nearly every skill level.
Capital Bikeshare is the public bikesharing system in the metro DC area, offering more than 3,700 bikes at over 440 stations throughout metro DC. Walk up to any station and check out a bike for just $2 per trip, $8 for 24-hours access or $17 for a 3-day pass. Take a bike from any station, enjoy your ride, and return it to the station of your choice. Trips under 30 minutes are free!
Bike and Roll DC
A special bike corral at Jefferson Drive and 14th Street, SW will be available during the following weekends of the Festival: Saturday & Sunday, April 6-7 and Saturday & Sunday, April 13-14, from 9 am – 6 pm.
During the Festival, supplemental bike parking is offered at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. A map showing the location of additional bike parking is available on the National Park Service website.
View the cherry blossom trees by water as you cruise the Potomac! Take the Potomac Riverboat water taxis to festival events, or enjoy a narrated sightseeing cruise. Departing from The Wharf DC, Old Town Alexandria, Georgetown, and National Harbor. Skip the traffic – go by water!
Learn more here!
Enjoy easy access to Downtown neighborhoods, attractions and museums via bus.
Big Bus DC gives you exclusive loops around the National Mall! Buses depart from Union Station, Arlington, Georgetown and other designated stops every?20 minutes, so hopping on and off is easy! Click?here?for tickets.
Spectators can ride the DC Circulator’s National Mall route for quick and convenient access to all portions of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. The closest stops are located along Madison Drive NW. Rides are only one-dollar and buses operate between stops every 10 minutes. Riders are encouraged to utilize the?interactive map?feature on the?DC Circulator website?to plan their trip and identify the nearest circulator stop to their destination. In addition, riders can follow us on?Twitter?for real-time service updates on route detours and road closures.?Check out the Cherry Blossom Flyer provided by the District Department of Transportation
Ride the 52 Metrobus to Independence Avenue & 14th St, SW. Walk west toward the Washington Monument to 15th Street/Raoul Wallenberg Place. Turn left to head south along 15th Street to the Tidal Basin.
To determine point-to-point directions and trip times, use Metro’s Trip Planner.
View Metrobus maps on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website.
Click here?for fares.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the largest events for motorcoach activity in Washington, DC. DDOT, in collaboration with Destination DC and the Downtown DC BID, has developed a reference guide for motorcoach operators. We recommend that all motorcoach operators carry a copy of this guide when traveling to the District.
Click here to download the Motorcoach Guide to DC.
Big Bus DC gives you exclusive loops around the National Mall! Buses depart from Union Station, Arlington, Georgetown and other designated stops every?20 minutes, so hopping on and off is easy! Click here for tickets.
*Please note that these areas are dedicated for active passenger loading and unloading, not parking. There is very limited curbside parking capacity in the District and operators are encouraged to book off-street parking in advance. If you have any questions about operating a motorcoach in the District during the Festival, please call the Motorcoach Operators Hotline on 1.855.67.BUSES (28737).