Each March, the arrival of spring in Washington DC is welcomed by a canopy of pink-hued blooms overtaking the city. The intoxicating floral scent lingers on the warm spring air, and the blossoms carpet the sidewalks and parks in pink and white, creating a festive atmosphere that draws visitors from across the nation.
As the cherry trees burst into bloom, the city welcomes the arrival of spring with a National Cherry Blossom Festival. The 2013 festival takes place from March 20th through April 14th. Events to mark on your calendar include the Pink Tie Party, Dinner Cruises up the Potomac River, outdoor concerts, and much more.
The history of the cherry blossom trees dates back to 1912, when Tokyo gifted 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, as a symbol of friendship between Japan and United States. The first two trees from Japan were planted on the north bank of the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park. The United States Government reciprocated the symbol of friendship by gifting Tokyo with flowering dogwood trees.
With less than one month to plan a cherry blossom getaway, Tours4Fun has put together several one, two, and three-day cherry blossom tour options that celebrate the beauty of the blossoms and coincide with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, starting at just $38. Check out the top three cherry blossom tour options:
1) 1-Day Cherry Blossoms & Boat Tour from New York: See all the historical highlights of DC before taking to the water for a leisurely boat ride on Tailor Lake – the perfect cherry blossom viewing spot away from the hustle of the city.
2) 2-Day Cherry Blossom & Capitol Hill Walking Tour: Highlights include an inside tour of the Capitol Building, an architectural beauty and one of the most important buildings in the world. You’ll also visit the presidents’ wax museum, before visiting Independence Hall and Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.
3) 2-Day Cherry Blossom & Amish Farm Tour: Begin the tour with a leisurely cherry blossom cruise before exploring the sights of DC. Spend day two exploring an 1805 Amish farm house and learning about the history and culture of the Amish community.
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