While the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., is the most popular place to see the annual cherry blossoms, this year access is being restricted due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
Fortunately, you don’t have to cross the river to see beautiful cherry trees in bloom.
Here are 3 places to see cherry blossoms in Arlington, VA:
1. “Downtown” Cherrydale –Established in 1898, Cherrydale is on the National Register of Historic Places and gets its name from a large cherry orchard that was once behind the Cherrydale firehouse on Lee Highway. Now you can see dozens of cherry trees in bloom In the median of Lee Highway between North Monroe and North Lincoln streets.
2. Cherrydale Baptist Church – A dozen mature blossoming cherry trees can be found in front of the church at the intersection of Lorcom Lane and Military Road (3910 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA).
3. Arlington National Cemetery’s Memorial Arboretum – There are more than 400 cherry trees throughout the cemetery and the arboretum is one good place to enjoy the blooming cherry trees. Like the Memorial Amphitheater pictured at the top of this blog post☝️. Learn more about the cherry trees at Arlington National Cemetery.
Of course, there are many other cherry blossoms viewing opportunities in and around Arlington, including:
- National Landing – the areas formerly known as Crystal City, Pentagon City, and Potomac Yard, in Arlington, features two Art in Bloom sculptures are now on display.
- Other Arlington neighborhoods – many neighborhoods are participating in the “Porch Parade and Pedal Procession,” in which local porches, yards, and windows are decorated with a cherry blossom theme. See photos and a map.
- George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria
- Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA
- Kenwood neighborhood in Bethesda, Maryland
- Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA
- Van Gogh Bridge at Lake Anne in Reston, Virginia
And, if you want to see what’s happening in D.C. you can watch the Bloom Cam, which broadcasts a live stream of the National Mall Tidal Basin from the roof of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C.
Where are your favorite places in Arlington to view the cherry blossoms?