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Tips On Planning A Trip To Experience The Cherry Blossom In Washington DC

Updated: Feb 17, 2023

The 2023 Cherry Blossom in Washington, DC, usually starts the last week of March and runs through the middle of April. Here are some tips on enjoying Cherry Blossom this Spring.

Photo by James Goodwin | DVIDS ~ "Know when to plan your cherry blossom trip

Timing is everything! Cherry blossom destinations will have their very own peak season, influenced by natural factors. That said, regularly lookout for cherry blossom season forecasts, so you know which months they will be in bloom or for how long they will be at their prime. However, do note that forecasts are still subject to change with factors like rainfall and temperature. But generally, this will give you a pretty good idea of when to book your flight and accommodation.

Cherry blossom photography tips and tricks

1. Time your visit early in the morning or wait until sunset.

As is the usual case with sightseeing, expect that other visitors will quickly fill popular viewing spots throughout the day. If you want to ensure you have the best spot for snapping your pictures, head out very early in the morning (5am–6am), or wait until sundown when visitors start to head back home. The soft light during these times allows for more flattering and natural-looking photos of the cherry blossoms.

2. Use a tripod

A tripod will come in handy for a number of reasons: One, you’ll be able to get sharp images since your camera is stabilised[sic]. Two, it’s the perfect tool for solo travellers[sic] who wish to snap photos of themselves, too. Lastly, it allows for flexibility and support, especially for those who have a difficult time holding the camera.

3. Don’t be afraid to experiment

Shoot from a low and high viewpoint for more variety, or play around with different compositions. This is your chance to show your own style and perspective for the cherry blossoms!" ~


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