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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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Visions of Power: Architecture and Politics on Capitol Hill

 

At the Eastern end of the National Mall stands Washington's most enduring architectural icon: the U.S. Capitol Building. The conceptual center of the Nation's capital, it sits atop what city planner Pierre L'Enfant described in 1792 as a "pedestal awaiting a monument". Capitol Hill has since expanded to encompass other impressive edifices, including the magnificent Beaux Arts Library of Congress, the classical temple of justice that is the Supreme Court building, and the triumphant gateway of Union Station. Learn about the long and tumultuous history behind these imposing national landmarks. Highlights include:

  • U.S. Capitol Building

  • Capitol Grounds

  • Library of Congress

  • Union Station

  • Supreme Court Building

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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.