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D.C.’s cherry blossoms begin budding ahead of peak bloom

Peak bloom is anticipated between April 8 through 12

In early March, the National Park Service predicted Washington, D.C.’s cherry blossoms’ peak bloom to be between March 17 through 20, but due to an unusually cold month, the peak bloom has been updated to April 8 through 12. While there are still a few weeks left until 70 percent of the cherry blossoms open, many seem to be already budding.

Get excited because the Tidal Basin is turning pink, as can be seen with the Instagram gallery below. While you prepare for the cherry blossom season, be sure to take note of all of the locations in the city worth venturing to that aren’t so packed with tourists (e.g., Dumbarton Oaks and the National Arboretum are great spots!)

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