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Where to watch the cherry blossoms bloom in D.C.

From Rock Creek Park to the Tidal Basin

Photo via Gray Lensman QX!

While winter can seem bleak and tedious, it's good to know that there's always something to look forward to. More specifically, the blooming of the Yoshino cherry blossoms in spring.

Originally a gift from Japan as a sign of goodwill, the trees now serve as an annual epicenter of celebration with parades, ceremonies, and fundraisers.

Rather than wander aimlessly around the Tidal Basin, use this list to find the best locations to sit down, relax, and smell the cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Photo via Shutterstock/Sean Pavone

1. The Jefferson Memorial

Cherry Blossoms Photo via Shutterstock/Nancy Bauer

↑ 2. Stanton Park

Cherry Blossoms Photo via Shutterstock/Yi Chang Sic

3. East Potomac Park

Cherry blossoms at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Photo via Shutterstock/Sean Pavone

↑ 4. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Cherry blossoms at the Japanese Lanter Photo via Ron Cogswell

↑ 5. The Japanese Lantern

Dumbarton Oaks Cherry Blossoms Photo via John Weiss

↑ 6. Dumbarton Oaks

Tidal Basin Paddleboats Photo via Adam Fagen

↑ 7. Tidal Basin Paddleboats

Cherry Blossom Cruise Photo via Joey Rozier

↑ 8. Cherry Blossom Cruise

National Arboretum Photo via shell game

↑ 9. The U.S. National Arboretum

Capital Crescent Trail Photo via Alice Crain

↑ 10. Capital Crescent Trail

Cherry Blossoms Photo via Shutterstock/JERRY_WANG

↑ 11. Rock Creek Park

[UPDATE 3/1/17: This list has been updated with a new location. New images have been added]

· The Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C. [USA Today]
· 5 Top Tips for Viewing Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C. [Fodor's Travel]
· Top Spots for Photographing Cherry Blossoms [Washington.org]
· National Cherry Blossom Festival [Official Website]