The snow begins to recede and spring feels like it's on the horizon, but still, it feels like forever. That said, while we all patiently wait for the clocks to go forward and when we can finally bid farewell to seasonal affective disorder, we should be keeping an eye on the ground for the blossom.
While it’s difficult to say exactly when the elusive cherry blossoms will make their highly anticipated appearance, March and April are generally regarded as peak seasons. Each year, as winter turns into spring, excitement builds for the blooms’ arrival, and many cities around the country celebrate their fleeting but beautiful presence with festivals and gatherings. If you can’t make it to Japan—the epicenter of cherry blossom mania—here are the best places to see cherry blossoms in the USA.
The iconic cherry blossoms burst forth in hues of pink and white, but the spectacle doesn’t last long. The Japanese see the cherry blossoms as a symbol of the fleeting nature of life, and the tradition of gathering under the blossoms with food, music and friends celebrates this life. Here in the U.S., many cities host festivals and offer tours of their impressive collections of cherry trees. As you emerge from winter hibernation, consider March and April for a romantic getaway or a road trip to catch a glimpse of the magical blooms. Washington, D.C. might be the best-known U.S. city for cherry blossoms, but don’t overlook under-the-radar cities like Nashville, TN or Macon, GA. Once you peep these beauties, you’ll be hooked.
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