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Caroline Dagati - Tour Guide

From the minute she first walked through the gates of Georgetown University, Caroline fell in love with DC architecture and design. After graduating, she got a job at the only place that would honor her lifelong love of talking: the National Park Service. Ranger Caroline got to tell the story of America’s founding at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia and the story of westward expansion in Yosemite National Park. As a tour guide in DC, she loves nothing more than showing visitors how America’s story is told in the design and architecture of Washington, DC. 

Cleveland Park Cherry Blossom Walking Tour

The Tidal Basin isn't the only place to enjoy Washington's iconic cherry blossoms! Cleveland Park, one of Washington's most beautiful and architecturally eclectic neighborhoods, boasts some of the largest clusters of cherry trees off of the National Mall. Join a special seasonal bloom tour and venture into an original "streetcar suburb" to see cherry trees in their full splendor. Explore the National Cathedral grounds, stroll along picturesque tree lined streets, learn about an early Presidential retreat, and experience the bloom like a local! Sights and stops include:

  • Washington National Cathedral

  • Bishop's Garden

  • Rosedale Conservancy

  • William Slayton House

  • Cherry Blossom Lane

  • Winthrop Faulkner Houses

  • McLean Gardens


This tour meets outside the Washington National Cathedral at 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW. The tour takes about 1 hour and covers approximately 1 mile, ending near McLean Gardens at Wisconsin Avenue and Idaho Avenue. Cherry Blossom tours are offered seasonally during the bloom, usually mid-March to mid-April. Please get in touch to request this tour privately or outside of the bloom. The neighborhood is beautiful in all seasons!

Click here to see a map of the tour route and check out this map of all the cherry blossom trees in the city!

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Cherry Blossom Tidal Basin Walking Tour


Every year Washington's iconic cherry blossom trees draw thousands of visitors to the Tidal Basin. Nestled among three spectacular memorials, the trees reach usually reach peak bloom in early April, when a breathtaking event takes place! Join a special Cherry Blossom Tidal Basin tour for an opportunity to see the memorials and cherry blossoms in their full splendor. Hear about the design of the memorials, visit a few hidden gems along the Tidal Basin, and learn all about the bloom! Sights and stops include:

  • Tidal Basin

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

  • Pentagon (from a distance)

  • Potomac River

  • Jefferson Memorial


This tour meets outside the Martin Luther King Memorial Bookstore at 121 West Basin Dr SW. The tour takes about 1.5 hours and covers approximately 1 mile, ending at the Jefferson Memorial. The Cherry Blossom tour is offered seasonally during the bloom, usually mid-March to mid-April. Please get in touch to request this tour privately or outside of blooming season.


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