The festival commemorates the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Tokyo’s mayor to Washington D.C. in 1912. It has grown over the years from a group of American school children reenacting the original planting, to including a diverse activity schedule centered around the annual blossoming of the trees. Although there will be a wealth of activities scheduled across D.C., we would like to focus on a couple that begin right here in our backyard: Blossoms by Bike River Ride and View the National Cherry Blossoms by Water. Blossoms by Bike River Ride March 23 – April 14 | Every Friday, Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Cost: $40 Take a ride from Old Town Alexandria to Washington D.C. along the Mount Vernon Trail for beautiful viewing of the cherry blossoms. Continue around the Tidal Basin in D.C. to see the blossoms up close, and get to know a little more about the festivals origins before heading back. View the National Cherry Blossoms by Water March 25 – April 14 | Daily Cost: Varies depending on chosen tour It doesn’t get more beautiful than being on the water while admiring the many cherry blossoms. Board a sightseeing cruise for a unique way to experience the National Cherry Blossom Festival. For information on pricing and to purchase tickets, please visit the riverboat company website here.